Mentally ill, Psychotherapy patients
Psychiatric inpatients, consisting of 32 males and 33 females between the ages of 15 and 58 completed Rotter's (1966) Internal-External Locus of Control (I-E) Scale. The scale was administered individually to the patients at both admission and discharge, at the Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) in Orlando, Florida. Analysis of variance was used to determine whether there were significant differences due to commitment status (voluntary and involuntary), diagnosis (thought and affective and other disorders), and change scores (admission versus discharge). The hypothesis that involuntary patients would produce significantly higher scores was not confirmed. Further, no significant difference was found due to diagnosis. A second hypothesis that patients would score more internally at the time of discharge versus initial admission also was not confirmed. Therefore, there were no differences in I-E scores before or after treatments regardless of diagnosis or commitment status. There is no evidence to conclude that in terms of treatment, involuntary commitment is detrimental to the patients.
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Blau, Burton I.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Karegeannes, Christopher B., "Locus of Control in Voluntary and Involuntary Psychiatric Patients" (1983). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 692.