Reported stressful events during developmental periods and their relation to locus of control orientation in college students

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Abstract

To ascertain whether high levels of stress at different periods of development may be related to an external locus of control (as measured by the Nowicki-Strickland Locus of Control Scale), 30 externals (15 males and 15 females) and 30 internals (15 males and 15 females) completed the Life Events Scale. Data indicate that for females, stress in the preschool and pubescent years and for males in the elementary and pubescent years was related to externality. It is suggested that there may be different critical developmental periods for males and females during which high levels of stress may be related to an external locus of control. (3 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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