Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
1 online resource (58 p.)
Psychotherapy, Control (Psychology)
The purpose of this study was to determine whether a relationship exists between the scores subjects obtain on Rotter's Internal-External Locus of Control Scale and the type of therapy they prefer. Two hundred and fifty-four students in general psychology classes were given Rotter's Scale. Considering their upper- and lower-third scores, 54 were classified as " Internals," 53 as "Externals." Subjects also were given written descriptions of both psychoanalytic and behavioristic therapies. Each of these descriptions dealt with the goal and the specific therapeutic procedure of the respective therapies. Subjects were asked to identify which therapy they preferred and to provide a rationale for their choice.
Eid, Marlene, "Internal external locus of control and the choice of therapy" (1986). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3696.