Multidimensional profiles of health locus of control in Hispanic Americans

Brian R. Champagne, Rina S. Fox, Sarah D. Mills, Georgia Robins Sadler, Vanessa L. Malcarne*

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Abstract

Latent profile analysis identified health locus of control profiles among 436 Hispanic Americans who completed the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control scales. Results revealed four profiles: Internally Oriented-Weak, -Moderate, -Strong, and Externally Oriented. The profile groups were compared on sociocultural and demographic characteristics, health beliefs and behaviors, and physical and mental health outcomes. The Internally Oriented-Strong group had less cancer fatalism, religiosity, and equity health attributions, and more alcohol consumption than the other three groups; the Externally Oriented group had stronger equity health attributions and less alcohol consumption. Deriving multidimensional health locus of control profiles through latent profile analysis allows examination of the relationships of health locus of control subtypes to health variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2376-2385
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume21
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • beliefs
  • ethnicity
  • health psychology
  • locus of control
  • quantitative methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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