Origins of health locus of control beliefs

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Abstract

Explored the origins of health locus of control (HLC) beliefs using a multidimensional HLC battery that was administered to 270 undergraduates. A structural equations analysis showed that beliefs in Self-Control Over Health were positively related to early health habits involving self-care and medical professionals and negatively related to prior family experiences with sickness. Beliefs in Provider Control Over Health were positively related to early health habits involving medical professionals and negatively related to prior sickness experiences in one's family. Beliefs in Chance Health Outcomes were positively related to prior sickness experiences. None of these dimensions of HLC were affected by recent sickness experiences, supporting a view of HLC beliefs as fairly stable individual-difference measures developed relatively early in life. (36 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-334
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1982
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • early health habits involving self care &
  • medical professionals &
  • prior family experiences with sickness, origin of health locus of control beliefs, college students

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