Locus of control and health: a review of the literature.

Wallston BD, Wallston KA
Health Educ Monogr. 1978 6 (2): 107-17

PMID: 357347

Locus of control, an individual difference construct from social learning theory, has shown some promise in predicting and explaining specific health-related behaviors. Research is reviewed on the utility of the locus of control construct in understanding smoking reduction, birth control utilization, weight loss, information-seeking, adherence to medication regimens, and other health or sick-role behaviors. Implications for health educators are presented.

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Attitude to Health Body Weight Family Planning Services Health Education Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Humans Internal-External Control Patient Compliance Sick Role Smoking

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