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ERIC Number: ED087541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 6
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Factor Structure of Locus of Control in Children.
Nowicki, Steve
This study investigate the factor structure of the Nowicki-Strickland locus of control scales for children. A major objective of the research was to provide empirical evidence that can help to reveal the multi-dimensionality (or uni-dimensionality) of locus of control. This is an important distinction because locus of control will be a superior predictor of behavior if it is multi-(as opposed to uni-) dimensional. Responses of 449 elementary school children, 388 junior high students, and 389 high school students to the Nowicki-Strickland scales were factor analyzed. Results indicated that there was a general factor (dealing with feelings of helplessness) across all ages. However, other factors were not nearly as general across ages. The differential factors may also be sex related at different age levels. It was hypothesized that the differential factors may reveal important developmental tasks relevant at each age level. Results are discussed with regard to their implications for locus of control of scales in general, and differential scoring and creation of subtests to reflect these factors are suggested as logical next steps. (DP)
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Nowicki Strickland Locus of Control Scale