Title

The associations between psychological differentriation, locus of control orientation, and marital adjustment

Abstract

A whole host of variables impact marital adjustment. Two such variables are psychological differentiation (i.e., field independence-dependence) and locus of control orientation (i.e., internal-external control). Each of these variables influence interpersonal behavior and have only recently been explored within the context of marital relationships. This study investigated the relationships between psychological differentiation, locus of control orientation, and marital adjustment. Fifty married couples recruited voluntarily through a variety of religious and community organizations in Orlando, Florida and in Brooksville, Florida were administered the Embedded Figures Test (Witkin, Oltman, Raskin, & Karp, 1971), the Rotter Internal-External Scale (Rotter, 1966), and the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (Spanier, 1976). It was hypothesized that a positive correlation would emerge between wives' level of differentiation (i.e., field independence) and husbands' marital adjustment. It was also hypothesized that there would be a positive correlation between wives marital adjustment and a significant difference between wives' and husbands' level of psychological differentiation. A negative relationship was expected to emerge between wives' marital adjustment and a locus of control configuration of husband more internal than wife.

Notes

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Graduation Date

1992

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Jensen, Bernard J.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Psychology

Format

Print

Pages

71 p.

Language

English

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0022755

Subjects

Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences

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