Date Approved

5-9-2006

Embargo Period

4-5-2016

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)

College students--Psychology; Risk-taking (Psychology)

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship if any between an individual's locus of control (internal or external) and their degree of engaging in risk behavior. Participants were male (N=8) and female (N=24) undergraduate college students from Rowan University. Rotter's Internal-External Locus of Control Scale was used to assess the subject's attributions (internal vs. external) for the outcomes of his or her behavior. To assess the amount of risk behavior in the subjects, items from the National College Health Risk Behavior Survey (NCHRBS) were used. A demographic questionnaire was also used. Regression analysis showed that there was no relationship between Locus of Control and Risk Behavior scores.

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