An Investigation into Effects of Environmental Changes on Locus of Control.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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Past research suggest that relationships exist between Type A personality, stress, and coronary heart disease. This thesis determined that Type A individuals are inclined to experience more stress than Type B individuals in similar situations. A relationship was found between Type A behavior and internal locus of control indicating that individuals with internal locus of control are more likely to be Type A personalities than type B personalities. Relationships were also found among Type A behavior, internal locus of control, and assertiveness indicating that Type A individuals are more assertive than Type B individuals. Family inventory was inversely related to locus of control inferring that internal locus of control individuals are more satisfied with their personal relationships than are external locus of control individuals. Because family inventory was also inversely related to stress, when stress is present in one area of an internal locus of control individualss life, the individual looks to other areas of their life for satisfaction. No relationship was found between stress and assertiveness indicating that assertive individuals deal more effectively with stressful situations. This investigation also determined that as the environment changes to a more structured rigid environment, the individual shifts from an internal to an external locus of control. These determinations were based on statistical analysis using Pearson Correlations, Paired t-Tests, and Regression Analysis. Author