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Some Parental Correlates of Boys' Locus of Control

Shore, Roy E.
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ETS Research Memorandum
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Academic Achievement, Coleman Report, Locus of Control, Parent Influence, Personality Traits, Psychological Characteristics, Racial Differences


This paper was presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Washington D.C. on April 18, 1968. Ninety four percent of the boys in the seventh through the ninth grades of a suburban school were given a battery of measures concerning locus of control (LC) and perceptions of parents. Parents were subsequently sent questionnaires concerning their LC beliefs and their child-rearing attitudes. It was found that boys' internal LC is associated with fathers' beliefs in internal child-rearing LC, and with sons' perceptions of parents as those who manifest intrinsic acceptance and warmth, but who exert little psychological control. The author proposes three directions for future research.

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