Research…shows that there has been a dramatic shift toward a more external locus of control among young people in the past fifty years. Psychologist Jean M. Twenge and colleagues examined results from a test called the Children’s Nowicki-Strickland Internal-External Control Scale over a fifty-year period. This test measures whether a person has an internal or an external locus of control. The researchers discovered that there was a dramatic shift from an internal to an external locus of control in children of all ages, from elementary school to college. To give you an idea of how great a shift it was, young people in 1960 were 80 percent more likely to claim that they had control over their lives than children in 2002, who were more prone to say they lacked such personal control.
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Jessica Joelle Alexander, Iben Dissing Sandahl
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