Self-Help Intervention and Locus of Control Perceptions of Conjugally Bereaved Older Adults

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Locus of Control (LOC) is operationalized as a dispositional trait remaining stable throughout life, but may also be conceptualized as a domain specific state. Widowed persons' support groups, consisting of recently conjugally bereaved older adults (N=22) and one high functioning, long-term widowed peer group leader, were utilized to test LOC malleability. A significant increase in one State measure subscale, Desire for Control, was noted. Trait LOC remained stable. The change in State and Trait LOC change did not significantly relate to psychological symptom reduction. However, Trait LOC Internality related to fewer symptoms whereas State LOC Internality related to more symptoms.

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McKibbin, Christine L. August 1994.

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Locus of Control (LOC) is operationalized as a dispositional trait remaining stable throughout life, but may also be conceptualized as a domain specific state. Widowed persons' support groups, consisting of recently conjugally bereaved older adults (N=22) and one high functioning, long-term widowed peer group leader, were utilized to test LOC malleability. A significant increase in one State measure subscale, Desire for Control, was noted. Trait LOC remained stable. The change in State and Trait LOC change did not significantly relate to psychological symptom reduction. However, Trait LOC Internality related to fewer symptoms whereas State LOC Internality related to more symptoms.

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McKibbin, Christine L. Self-Help Intervention and Locus of Control Perceptions of Conjugally Bereaved Older Adults, thesis, August 1994; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc278394/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .