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Source:

LaMontagne, Lynda L., Joseph T. Hepworth, and Frances Cohen (2004), "Adolescents' Coping with Surgery for Scoliosis: Effects on Recovery Outcomes Over Time", Research in Nursing and health, 27, 237-253.
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Definition:

  • Internal locus of control is the belief that outcomes are contingent on an individual’s own actions or innate characteristics, whereas external locus of control is the belief that outcomes are unrelated to one’s own behavior or characteristics and are contingent on outside forces such as luck or powerful others.


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Citations:

  • Strickland, B. (1989), "Internal/external control expectancies", American Psychologist, 44, 1-12. [Endnote]
  • Nowicki, S., and B.R. Strickland (1973), "A locus of control scale for children", Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 40, 148-154. [Endnote]