ERIC Number: ED339976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-14
The Relationship among Internal-External Locus of Control and Rational-Irrational Beliefs.
Martin, Janice E.; And Others
There are many theoretical commonalities between social learning theory, especially concerning the locus of control construct, and the cognitive-behavioral underpinnings of Rational-Emotive Therapy. One's perceived ability to influence the outcomes of life events as well as the impact of perceptions and interpretations of reality in shaping the present behavior of an individual are major areas of consistency. This study investigated the relationship between Internal-External Locus of Control Scale and Irrational Beliefs Test (IBT) scores. The independent variable was locus of control, the dependent variables were IBT full-scale and subscale scores. Data were collected through administering these instruments to state human service agency employees (N=105). Statistical analyses indicated that there was a significant correlation between internal-external locus of control and IBT full-scale scores and that there were significant correlations between internal-external locus of control and 8 out of 10 IBT subscale scores. Internal locus of control subjects exhibited more rational beliefs. Likewise, external locus of control subjects maintained more irrational beliefs. Subjects with an internal locus of control tended to score lower on the IBT full-scale scores, while externally oriented subjects exhibited higher IBT full-scale scores. Additionally, internally oriented subjects tended to score lower on seven IBT subscales. Data analyses indicated that internally oriented subjects tended to have higher scores only for the perfectionism IBT subscale while the reverse was the tendency for external locus of control subjects. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Lexington, KY, November 13-15, 1991).