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ERIC Number: ED295065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 6
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Alcohol Locus of Control.
Johnson, Patrick B.; Reszka, Diane
Research has shown that differences in perceived control can influence drinking behavior and alcoholic rehabilitation. This study examined the viability of an alcohol-specific locus of control scale. Undergraduate students (41 male and 40 female) completed a demographic questionnaire assessing age, sex, ethnicity, and drinking frequency; Rotter's Internal-External Locus of Control questionnaire; Lau and Ware's Health Locus of Control scale, (HLOC); and the Alcohol Locus of Control scale (ALOC). T-test comparisons revealed that females scored significantly higher than males on self-control of alcoholism and on provider control of alcoholism; males scored significantly higher than females on frequency of drinking; and frequent drinkers scored significantly lower than infrequent drinkers on Rotter's scale, self-control of alcoholism, and provider control of alcoholism. Results showed that the ALOC generated different responses than either Rotter's Internal External Locus of Control scale or the HLOC. Results suggest that locus of control is a dimension of drinking behavior and alcoholism that requires more careful scrutiny. Future research should utilize larger samples to allow for the application of factor analytic techniques and to examine the ALOC scale's validity with clinical population, possibly as a predictor of treatment success. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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