Locus of control and academic achievement: A literature review

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A literature review on the relationship between locus of control (LOC) and academic achievement revealed that more internal beliefs are associated with greater academic achievement and that the magnitude of this relation is small to medium. Characteristics of the participants in the reviewed studies and the nature of the LOC and academic achievement measures were investigated as mediators of the relation. The relation tended to be stronger for adolescents than for adults or children. The relation was more substantial among males than among females. Stronger effects were associated with specific LOC measures and with standardized achievement or intelligence tests than with teacher grades. (30 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved). © 1983 American Psychological Association.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Findley, MJ; Cooper, HM

Published Date

  • February 1, 1983

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 44 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 419 - 427

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3514

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0022-3514.44.2.419

Citation Source

  • Scopus