M.A. in School Psychology
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Hispanic American youth; Locus of control; Self-esteem in adolescence
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.
Beltran, William Edward, "Examining the locus of control of Hispanic students involved in a Hispanic self-esteem program and its association with academic achievement" (1999). Theses and Dissertations. 1768.