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M.A. in School Psychology


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Dihoff, Roberta


Career development; College students--Attitudes; Locus of control


Educational Psychology


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between locus of control in college students and career maturity. The sample consisted of 39 undergraduates attending a state college in New Jersey. Of the total sample, 5 were male, 34 were female. The mean age of the population was 18, with ages ranging from 18 to 24. The majority of the sample were in their first year in college. Locus of control was assessed with the Rotter Internal-External (I-E) scale and the Career Maturity Inventory Scale (CMI-As) was selected to measure Career Maturity. The data collected was analyzed using a series of Pearson product-moment correlation coefficients comparing scores on the Internal-External Scale, Career Maturity Inventory and the demographic questioner. T-Tests for paired differences at the .05 level of significance were also used to test the null hypothesis. The results of this study supported the hypothesis that college students with an internal locus of control will exhibit higher levels of career maturity than those with an external locus of control. There was also a significant relationship between career maturity and year in college.