Title

Locus of control among dutch and American women softball players

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1977

Abstract

Locus of control is a personality variable that manifests itself through an individual’s perception of the reinforcement he receives. This belief system is based on a continuum ranging from the perception that rewards are completely contingent upon one’s behavior to the belief that only luck, chance, or fate control one’s life. This construct has received considerable attention within the realm of psychology, but is conspicuous by its absence in sport and physical education literature. The purpose of this study was to compare the locus of control of highly skilled Dutch (N = 35) and American (N = 44) women softball players. The Rotter internal-external locus of control scale was utilized to determine internal-external orientations of the subjects. Data were analyzed by using ANOVA and product moment correlations. Statistically significant (.01 level) differences in locus of control were found. American women softball players were significantly more internally oriented than were their Dutch counterparts. © 1977 Taylor 8 Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Name

Research Quarterly of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Volume Number

48

First Page

56

Last Page

60

Issue Number

1

DOI

10.1080/10671315.1977.10762150

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