Health locus of control in a primary care sample of alcoholics and nonalcoholics

Michael F. Fleming*, Kristen L. Barry

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Abstract

This study examined differences between alcoholics and nonalcoholics in a primary care population on the internal, chance, and powerful others subscales of the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale (MHLC). Two hundred eighty subjects were divided into four groups (alcoholics with a family history of alcoholism, alcoholics with no family history of alcoholism, nonalcoholics with a family history of alcoholism, and nonalcoholics with no family history of the disease) based on DSM-III criteria for alcoholism and a family history of alcoholism. There were no differences between gro ups on the internal and powerful others scales. Nonalcoholics with a family history of alcoholism scored significantly lower on the chance scale than did alcoholics with a family history of the disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-30
Number of pages6
JournalBehavioral Medicine
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

Keywords

  • Alcoholics
  • Health locus of control
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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