Date of Award

Spring 1978

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

Previous research has examined the relationship between Rotter's locus of control construct and the ability of an individual to seek and retain control-relevant information. Research has also suggested that locus of control is related to one's ability to execute a health regime and to the belief that one can protect his health state. This master's study tested the following null hypothesis: there will be no correlation between the individual's perceived locus of control and his ability to implement his diabetic regime. Twenty newly diagnosed adult insulin-. dependent diabetics were interviewed at home eight weeks post-discharge from a hospital. Each participant completed an abbreviated form of Rotter's Internal-External Locus of Control Scale, which was followed by an interview structured to secure data regarding the participant's knowledge, skills, current health practices, and problem-solving abilities relative to the health requirements associated with insulin-dependent diabetes. Two scores were obtained for each participant, one indicative of locus of control, the other indicative of the diabetic's ability to implement his health regime. Calculation of a correlation coefficient revealed no significant relationship between perceived locus of control and implementation of the diabetic regime.

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