About the Measure

Domains Motivation, goal orientation and perseverance, Perceptions of Self
Key stages Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Subscales This is a unidimensional measure
Description The Locus of Control Scale for Children is used to study the effects of a generalized locus of control orientation of a child's behavior.It allows researchers to describe the nomothetic network of relationships surrounding this dimension.
Example Do you believe that most problems will solve themselves if you just don't fool with them?
Link https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232494549_A_Locus_of_Control_Scale_for_Children

Implementation details

No. of items 40
Format Dichotomous
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 8-16
Cost single purchase Free - Available
Cost per child Free - Available

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .63-.81
Test retest 6 weeks, r= [.63,.75]
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA 3-factor orthogo
CFA Not reported
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity r= [-.46,-.04] with occupational level; r= [-.18,.41] with social desirability
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Nowicki, S., & Strickland, B. R. (1973). A locus of control scale for children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 40(1), 148–154. doi:10.1037/h0033978
Nowicki, S. (1976). Factor structure of locus of control in children. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 129(1), 13-17. doi:10.1080/00221325.1976.10534005