Volume 5, Issue 2 (1976)
Locus of Control and Academic Achievement in Emotionally Disturbed Children
A.J. Finch, Jr., K.A. Pezzuti, W.M. Nelson III
Individuals who perceive reinforcement to be a result of luck, chance, fate, or other people are said to have an external locus of control, while those who perceive reinforcement as being contingent on their own behavior are internal in their locus of control (Rotter, 1966). Considerable research has been conducted relating this concept to a number of other variables, such as academic achievement (see Joe, 1971). Generally those individuals with an internal locus of control have been found to have a higher achievement level than those with an external orientation. The purpose of the present study was to extend the generality of research on the relationship between locus of control in children and achievement to a group of emotionally disturbed children.
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