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M.A. in School Psychology


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Klanderman, John

Committee Member 1

Dihoff, Roberta


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


Educational Psychology


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.