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Trends in powerlessness: a ten year follow-up.
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PMID:  1206609     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This experiment tested the hypothesis that there would be a significant increase in powerlessness scores over a 10 year period. The sample was drawn from a population of college students originally tested in 1964. At the 10 year follow-up, all Ss had graduated from college and were either professionally employed (mostly as teachers) or engaged in child-rearing/home activities. The average age of the 1974 sample was 29 years and consisted of 70 females and 30 males. The test instrument was the adult version of Rotter's Internal-External (I-E) Locus of Control Scale which consists of 23 forced-choice items. There were no significant differences on total I-E scores over the 10 year period. However, with use of the Mirels two-factor scoring system, significant increases in social-political control were found. No significant differences in personal control were found. It was concluded that care should be taken in utilizing cross-sectional findings and that utilizing multidimensional scores suggests different results for previously published reports.
W E Wilkins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of psychology     Volume:  91     ISSN:  0022-3980     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychol     Publication Date:  1975 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-04-01     Completed Date:  1976-04-01     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376332     Medline TA:  J Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  15-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Follow-Up Studies
Internal-External Control*
Psychological Tests
Social Environment

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