locus of control

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locus

 [lo´kus] (L.)
1. a place or site.
2. in genetics, the specific site of a gene on a chromosome.
locus ceru´leus a pigmented eminence in the superior angle of the floor of the fourth ventricle of the brain.
locus of control a belief regarding responsibility for actions. Individuals with an internal locus of control generally hold themselves responsible for actions and consequences, while those with an external locus of control tend to believe that they are not able to affect a personal outcome and that luck or destiny are responsible for their actions.

lo·cus of con·trol

a theoretic construct designed to assess a person's perceived control over his/her own behavior; classified as internal if the person feels in control of events, external if others are perceived to have that control.

lo·cus of con·trol

(lō'kŭs kŏn-trōl')
1. A theoretic construct designed to assess a person's perceived control over personal behavior; classified as internal if the person feels in control of events, external if others are perceived to have that control.
2. biowarfare A place from which a terrorist event is evaluated and managed.

lo·cus of con·trol

(lō'kŭs kŏn-trōl')
A theoretic construct designed to assess a person's perceived control over personal behavior; classified as internal if the person feels in control of events, external if others are perceived to have that control.
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Psychologists and sociologists agree it is in the interest of society to foster among us an internal locus of control, where we view ourselves as having power over our own lives.
Internal locus of control is viewing events as the result of one's own action whereas; external locus of control is viewing event outcomes as being the result of luck or fate (Nichols & Gordon-Hickey, 2012).
Correspondingly Steptoe et al 33 found people with internal locus of control more likely to engage in health-related behaviors than chance locus of control group.
Another study suggests that high Internal locus of Control score is related to more physical activity.
Pregnant women with a personality attribute known as an internal locus of control were more likely to go on to have a child who performs well in the two subjects, the University of Bristol analysis found.
Findings reveal that mothers with an internal locus of control before their child was born (those who believe in the connection between their actions and what happens to them) were more likely to have a child who is good at mathematics and science.
Those with an internal locus of control (internals) believe in their abilities, efforts, and skills in influencing the outcome of events, whereas those with an external local of control (externals) tend to believe that forces outside their control determine the outcomes (Lefcourt, 2014).
Traits like achievement motivation, autonomy, innovativeness, self-efficacy, internal locus of control and risk taking have been found to have the highest predictive power in the enterprising field (Pedrosa, Suarez-Alvarez, Garcia-Cueto, & Muniz, 2016; Rauch & Frese, 2007a, 2007b; Suarez-Alvarez et al., 2014).
If someone believes that those rein forcers are under the control of their own behavior, it is accepted as internal locus of control; however, if s/he thinks they are under the control of luck or other powers, then it is considered to have external locus of control (8).
Research describing the role of protective factors shows that factors such as a child's self-confidence, self-esteem, self-efficacy, internal locus of control, sense of humor, autonomy and optimism, along with a child's warm and open relationship with teacher, a positive peer group, and high quality child care at an early age, often serve to mitigate the potentially harmful negative outcomes related to risk factors that are present in that child or in his/her environment (Lewis, 2000).
However, this relationship was lessened by an internal locus of control and worsened by an external locus of control.

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