Locus of control as a function of the confirmation or disconfirmation of an expectancy

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Edward Lurey (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Michael Weiner

Abstract: Rotter's Internal-External Locus of Control Scale was administered to 129 introductory psychology students at the beginning of the semester to determine their Internal- External scores. Six weeks later, each subject's first quiz was returned with the grade manipulated to reflect a seven point increase, decrease, or no change from the quiz score the student expected. Immediately following the false feedback, the Rotter scale was readministered. It was hypothesized that differential shifts in Locus of Control would occur as a function of the independent manipulation and the subject's initial Internal-External control orientation. The analysis of variance performed on the change scores did not confirm the predicted results. There were three possible conclusions. First, the Rotter scale could accurately measure Internal-External Locus of Control at one discrete point in time. Second, the subject's Locus of Control was uneffected by expectancy changes which would not have an enduring or lasting effect upon their lives. Third, the Rotter scale lacked construct validity in that it may be measuring social desirability.

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Language: English
Date: 1973
Locus of control
Expectation (Psychology)

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