ERIC Number: ED240195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Locus of Control Between Black Parents and Their Children: Applied Educational Research and Evaluation.
Andrew, James E.; Gregoire, Ernest
A study was conducted to determine (1) if black parents score at the internal or external end of the Locus of Control (LOC) scale; (2) if differences exist between black children's LOC and that of their parents; and (3) if an external-internal shift can be achieved through counseling of the parents, and if their children's LOC changes accordingly. Nowicki-Strickland Tests of Locus of Control (children and adult versions) were administered to an experimental group of low SES, black parents and children and to a similar control group. After the pre-test, the experimental parent group received six hours of counseling weekly for an eight-week period. The counseling dealt with parenting skills, behavior modification, discipline, parental responsibility for their own behavior, problem solving, communication skills, and ways that parents can build self-confidence in children. In both groups, both parents' and children's pre-test scores indicated tendencies toward externality. In the experimental group, post-test (after counseling) parent scores showed significant progress toward internal LOC, and a parallel change was noted in the children. Thus, it was concluded that children's LOC reflects their parents' LOC, and that systematized counseling programs can facilitate changes in parents and children. (GC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nowicki Strickland Locus of Control Scale
Note: A practicum presented to Nova University in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Ed.D. degree.