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Influence of Locus Control on Real and Perceived Relationships among Adolescents in Nigeria

RN Ugokwe-Ossai, VA Ucheagwu

Abstract


The study examined the influences of locus of control on real and perceived relationships among adolescents using 300 participants. The population sample was incidentally drawn from 2 secondary schools in Awka town of Anambra State. Their ages ranged between 14-19 years with M age of 16.20 and SD age of 3.48. The participants included 200 females and 100 males. Two instruments were used for the study. They included the Nowicki-Strickland Internal – External Locus of Control Scale for children by Nowicki and Strickland (1973) and Emotional – Social Loneliness Inventory by Vincenzi and Grabosky, (1987). A cross sectional survey design was used while regression analysis and multivariate statistics were used in data analysis. The result of the study showed that locus of control is a moderate predictor of real and perceived relationship; B = 0.27 ( isolation) , B= 0.21( Loneliness). On other hand, locus control showed significant difference on real and perceived relationship respectively. Discussions and  recommendations of the study were done in line with the findings.

Keywords: locus of control, emotion, adolescence, interpersonal relationship.




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