Bendery, Russia, 16 April ; d. Berkeley, California, 5 August statistics. Since the family had been prohibited by the Russian authorities from living in central Poland, then under Russian domination, Neyman grew up in Russia: At Kharkov, Neyman, was first interested in physics, but because of his clumsiness in the laboratory abandoned it in favor of mathematics.
Effort Task difficulty Additional research led to the hypothesis that typical expectancy shifts were displayed more often by those who attributed their outcomes to ability, whereas those who displayed atypical expectancy were more likely to attribute their outcomes to chance.
This was interpreted that people could be divided into those who attribute to ability an internal cause versus those who attribute to luck an external cause.
Bernard Weiner argued that rather than ability-versus-luck, locus may relate to whether attributions are made to stable or unstable causes. Rotterhas discussed problems and misconceptions in others' use of the internal-versus-external construct.
Internals tend to attribute outcomes of events to their own control. People who have internal locus of control believe that the outcomes of their actions are results of their own abilities. Internals believe that their hard work would lead them to obtain positive outcomes.
Externals attribute outcomes of events to external circumstances. Such people tend to blame others rather than themselves for their lives' outcomes. It should not be thought, however, that internality is linked exclusively with attribution to effort and externality with attribution to luck as Weiner's work — see below — makes clear.
This has obvious implications for differences between internals and externals in terms of their achievement motivation, suggesting that internal locus is linked with higher levels of need for achievement. Due to their locating control outside themselves, externals tend to feel they have less control over their fate.
People with an external locus of control tend to be more stressed and prone to clinical depression. This was the basis of the locus-of-control scale proposed by Rotter inalthough it was based on Rotter's belief that locus of control is a single construct.
SinceRotter's assumption of uni-dimensionality has been challenged, with Levenson for example arguing that different dimensions of locus of control such as beliefs that events in one's life are self-determined, or organized by powerful others and are chance-based must be separated.
Weiner's early work in the s suggested that orthogonal to the internality-externality dimension, differences should be considered between those who attribute to stable and those who attribute to unstable causes.
Although this was how Weiner originally saw these four causes, he has been challenged as to whether people see luck for example as an external cause, whether ability is always perceived as stable, and whether effort is always seen as changing. Indeed, in more recent publications e.
Weiner, he uses different terms for these four causes such as "objective task characteristics" instead of "task difficulty" and "chance" instead of "luck". Psychologists since Weiner have distinguished between stable and unstable effort, knowing that in some circumstances effort could be seen as a stable cause especially given the presence of words such as "industrious" in English.
Regarding locus of control, there is another type of control that entails a mix among the internal and external types.
People that have the combination of the two types of locus of control are often referred to as Bi-locals. People that have Bi-local characteristics are known to handle stress and cope with their diseases more efficiently by having the mixture of internal and external locus of control.
Measuring scales[ edit ] The most widely used questionnaire to measure locus of control is the item plus six filler itemsforced-choice scale of Rotter However, this is not the only questionnaire; Bialer's item scale for children predates Rotter's work.
James for his unpublished doctoral dissertation, supervised by Rotter at Ohio State University; however, this remains unpublished. These were reviewed by Furnham and Steele and include those related to health psychologyindustrial and organizational psychology and those specifically for children such as the Stanford Preschool Internal-External Control Index   for three- to six-year-olds.
Furnham and Steele cite data suggesting that the most reliable, valid questionnaire for adults is the Duttweiler scale. For a review of the health questionnaires cited by these authors, see "Applications" below. The Duttweiler Internal Control Index ICI addresses perceived problems with the Rotter scales, including their forced-choice format, susceptibility to social desirability and heterogeneity as indicated by factor analysis.
She also notes that, while other scales existed in to measure locus of control, "they appear to be subject to many of the same problems".
The ICI assess variables pertinent to internal locus: A small student-subject validation study indicated that the scale had good internal reliability a Cronbach's alpha of 0. The topic of attribution theory introduced to psychology by Fritz Heider has had an influence on locus of control theory, but there are important historical differences between the two models.
Attribution theorists have been predominantly social psychologistsconcerned with the general processes characterizing how and why people make the attributions they do, whereas locus of control theorists have been concerned with individual differences.
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