Accession Number:

ADA058122

Title:

The Relationship between Locus of Control and Resistance in a Simulated Prisoner of War Compound

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Report Date:

1978-05-15

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

This research effort examined the relationship between an individuals perceived Locus of Control LOC and his resistance and risk taking behavior in a simulated prisoner of war POW compound. The Collins modification of Rotters I-E scale was used to measure perceived LOC. An additional question investigated was whether a unidimensional subscale of the Collins instrument would more accurately predict compliance and risk-taking behavior under duress than the total instrument. The subjects were drawn from a population of Naval officers and enlisted men undergoing the Navys West Coast Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape SERE Course. Cross-validation and control samples were also utilized. Internals were able to resist the demands of interrogators to a greater extent than externals and internals attempted more escapes than externals. A personal subscale of the LOC instrument provided better prediction of performance than did the total instrument. These results were substantiated in a cross-validation study and the implications of these results to SERE training were discussed.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE