Developments and Social Problems - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124432024, 9781483269498

Developments and Social Problems

1st Edition

Editors: Herbert M. Lefcourt
eBook ISBN: 9781483269498
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st November 1983
Page Count: 300
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Research with the Locus of Control Construct, Volume 2: Developments and Social Problems seeks to contribute towards explaining the nomological network in which the locus of control construct is embedded. In studying the antecedents, concomitants, and far-reaching ramifications of the construct we can come to see its meaning more clearly. The book is organized into three parts. Part I pertains to one realm of locus of control research that is of signal interest to psychologists concerned with personality research and theory. If locus of control is an important predictor of behavior, then we should know something about its origins and the role it plays at different stages of the life span. The chapters in the first part aid in the development of such a life-span approach to locus of control research. Part II focuses on applications to two clinical-social problems: marital instability and alcoholism. Part III explores the use of locus of control as a moderator variable. Here, the response to particular situational constraints or milieu characteristics is evaluated vis-à-vis status on locus of control variables. In this way it becomes possible to speak of the specific effects of therapy or educational procedures upon persons who vary in personality characteristics such as locus of control, in much the way that the advocates of interactionism have always advised.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors Preface 1 Introduction Part I: Early Research Programs Part II: Application to Social Problems Part III: Locus of Control as a Moderator Variable References I An Update on Early Research Programs 2 The Nowicki-Strickland Life-Span Locus of Control Scales: Construct Validation Children's Nowicki-Strickland Internal-External Control Scale Adult Nowicki-Strickland Internal-External Control Scale: College and Noncollege Forms Locus of Control in Different Cultures Nowicki-Strickland (NS) Scale Scores, Personality, and Social Interaction Locus of Control and Academic Achievement Locus of Control and Physical Health and Functioning NS Locus of Control and Abnormality Antecedents of and Attempts to Change NS Locus of Control Conclusions and Comments References 3 Maternal and Childhood Behaviors as Antecedents of Internal-External Control Perceptions in Young Adulthood Procedure Results and Discussion Implications of the Antecedent Data for Development of Internal Control in Adulthood References II Applications to Clinical Problems 4 Control Orientation, Drinking Behavior, and Alcoholism Introduction Control Orientation and Alcohol Use Control Orientation and Psychological Functioning among Alcoholics Control Orientation and Alcoholism Treatment The Drinking-Related Locus of Control Scale Locus of Drinking Problems Scale Summary and Discussion References 5 Locus of Control and Marital Interaction Introduction Review of Personality and Marriage Research and Theory Strategies for Building a Theoretical Linkage between Personality and Marriage A Theoretical Model Linking Locus of Control and Marriage Review of the


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