Locus Of Control

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  • Created on: 29-04-16 09:11
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  • Locus of Control
    • Internal
      • Seek own information
      • Strive for achievement
      • More likely to resist social influence
      • More likely to be male
      • High sense of social responsibility
      • High self esteem
      • High confidence
      • Take responsibility for their own actions
    • External
      • Rely on others for information
      • More likely to be affected by social influence
      • Feel there is no point in trying to achieve
      • Thinks that their destiny is controlled by external forces
      • More likely to be female
      • No sense of social responsibility
      • Low self esteem
      • Low confidence
    • Developed by Rotter (1966)
    • Evaluation of Locus of Control:
      • Research to support: Blass (1991) reanalysed Milgram's participants to find that those who were more likely to disobey if they had internal locus of control.
        • Further research to support: Oliner and Oliner (1988) interviewed Germans who hid Jews during the war. They found that they had an internal locus of control and that they scored highly on social responsibility
      • Support for power of social support: Milgram's variations found that when two other confederates resisted authority, the rates of obedience dropped from 65% to 10%. This shows that the presence of a partner can influence disobedience.
      • Real life evidence to go against Locus of Control/social support: an order of a mass killing of Jews was given to the Reserve Battalion 101 but the option to do an alternative task was given. Several accepted the alternative task but the majority did not.


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