Taking Control of Our Lives:
The Far-Reaching Effects of Locus of Control

By Mandy Grantz, Amy Mackey, Yvette Otterman, & Michael Wise

        Welcome to our locus of control web tutorial!  In your journey through this website we hope you gain a better understanding of locus of control and how it applies to the world around you.  Within our subtopic pages, you will notice selected topics are linked to external sites.  You can visit any or all of these sites that interest you.  They are not necessary to understand the content of the pages, rather their purpose is to enhance your understanding of the ideas explored.  We suggest that you visit the overview section first to acquire a general conception of what locus of control is and its far-reaching effects.  Then, simply follow your curiosity!

        In the subtopic of education, you will learn how a student's locus of control relates to his or her academic success, as measured by study time and grades.  Depending upon students' locus of control orientations, it has been found that they respond to positive and negative feedback differently.  A promising method of increasing a student's internal locus of control, attribution training, is also discussed.  This section further investigates how locus of control surfaces in learning disabled and adult students.

        When you explore the subtopic of health, you will realize that numerous health behaviors are influenced by one's locus of control.  Health locus of control beliefs have been demonstrated to originate from prior experiences and reinforced behaviors.  Upbringing, socioeconomic status, age, and attributions made from encounters with the health problems of others are variables that can be investigated in this section.

        The final subtopic deals with how culture relates to, or possibly influences, locus of control.  A great deal of research exists which supports the claim that the culture of an individual may impact his or her degree of internality or externality.  A range of this kind of research will be examined, as well as some opposing findings, which reveal that culture does not have an impact upon one's perceived control.  Alternative influences that are believed to have a greater impact will be introduced.

  Enjoy your journey and have a pleasant learning experience!







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This tutorial was produced for Psy 324, Advanced Social Psychology, Spring 1999 at Miami University.  All graphics are from the public domain, used with permission, or were created by the authors.  Social Psychology / Miami University (Ohio USA).  Last revised: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 17:06:38. This document has been accessed 1 times since April 15, 2002. Comments & Questions to R. Sherman