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Master of Arts (MA)




Ninety-one college students were administered The DeKalb Survey Test during their freshman and junior years to assess possible changes in locus of control. On the basis of their freshman scores, subjects were assigned to an internal group, an internal-external group, or an external group..

The greatest change occurred for the external group in the predicted internal direction. The internal-external group changed in the internal direction, but not as much as did externals. Although the internal group became more external, none of the three groups could be classified as externally oriented by their junior year. The higher achieving students and those from an urban background also changed significantly in the internal direction and were more internal as juniors than were the less achieving students'and those from a rural background.