Author(s)

Nicole Napowanetz

Date Approved

6-30-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Locus of control;Counseling in higher education

Disciplines

Higher Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The purposes of this investigation were to further examine whether there was a relationship between gender and a locus of control orientation, as well does a specified major, in this case being STEM-related majors, constitute a higher internal locus of control? A review of the present literature demonstrates a lack of research in regards to undergraduate major and locus of control orientation. The need for further understanding in regards to the gender gap within STEM-related majors is established. To investigate further, data was collected via undergraduate students' completion of Rotter's Locus of Control I-E scale and a brief demographics questionnaire, which was made available through the Rowan Subject Pool Online Survey Database. Two-way analysis of variance revealed no significant relationship between both gender and major in regards to a more dominant locus of control orientation. Interpretations of these findings as well as limitations of the present study and conclusions to be made are discussed.

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