Locus Of Control And College Womens' Role Expectations

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Journal Of Counseling Psychology


It was hypothesized that college women's locus of control orientations would be related to their role expectations, with women with an external locus of control having lower aspirations, more conservative sex-role ideologies, and less involvement in career planning than women with an internal locus of control. College women completed a Career Expectation Scale, the ANS-IE (Adult Nowicki Strickland Internal External) Scale, and an index of sympathy for women's liberation ideology. Regression analyses using ANS-IE scores as the predictor variable supported the hypotheses. Compared to women with internal orientations, subjects with external orientations expected to have less commitment to their careers, to work for a smaller portion of their lives, and to feel more discomfort due to violating sex-role stereotypes. In addition, subjects with a more external orientation reported less career planning activity, less positive feelings about their future careers, and more conservative views on women's liberation ideology.

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