ERIC Number: ED211909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
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Sex Differences in the Relationship between Locus of Control Dimensions and Personal Adjustment Constructs.
Woodward, Helen R.; And Others
Although research has supported the relationship between locus of control and personal adjustment, many correlates of locus of control differ for males and females. Three samples of undergraduates completed the Reid-Ware Three-Factor Locus of Control Scale and either the Texas Social Behavior Inventory (N=64 males and 211 females), the Barron ego strength scale (N=189 males and 312 females), or the Repression-Sensitization Scale (N=20 males and 84 females). For both males and females, internals reported greater self-esteem and ego strength and tended to be repressors; externals tended to be sensitizers. For males, the Fatalism dimension of the Locus of Control Scale was the strongest predictor for each adjustment correlate, while the Social System Control dimension was not predictive for males. For females, the Social System Control dimension was predictive for each adjustment correlate, although it was not consistently the strongest predictor. The results are consistent with previous research on sex differences in parental antecedants of locus of control. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Revision of paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (Atlanta, GA, March 1981).