Date Approved

5-9-2006

Embargo Period

3-31-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Second Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Birth order; Locus of control

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to uncover any possible correlational relationships between Individual's birth order and their locus of control. The Austrian psychologist, Alfred Adler, had some theories concerning birth order which were of particular interest to the author as the ideas for this study were unfolding. Fifty adults (n = 50) from a major northeastern university, eighty four percent of whom were female and sixteen percent of whom were male, served as participants. Subjects completed Rotter's twenty nine question internal / external locus of control scale as well as a demographic survey which provided the researcher with the pertinent ordinal positioning information. Kendall's tau-b and Spearman's rho were utilized and with results remaining in the insignificant range, the null hypothesis failed to be rejected.

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