Date Approved

5-5-1999

Embargo Period

7-19-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Hispanic American youth; Locus of control; Self-esteem in adolescence

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to identify the locus of control of two participating Hispanic groups; students that belong to a proctored Hispanic organization/club and students that do not belong to a proctored Hispanic organization/club. Then, pair the locus of control of each group with their corresponding level of academic achievement. It was hypothesized that Hispanic students belonging to a proctored Hispanic organization/club would have a greater frequency of internal locus of control and they would exhibit a higher level of academic achievement.

Fifty-four High school students, ages 16-19, were given the Rotter Internal/External locus of control scale. A demographics questionnaire that contained an academic achievement measure (GPA measure) and a Socioeconomic measure (parents' educational level) was also given to each student. Both a One-Sample and a Paired T-Test were used to determine the findings.

The conclusion reached by this study is that Hispanics involved in a proctored Hispanic organization/club showed a significant higher frequency of occurrence of internal locus of control. Further, Hispanic club members showed a significant higher level of academic achievement than the Hispanic non-club members in the sample tested.

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