Religious orientation and locus of control

Scott Robert Ericson, Tennessee State University


The purpose of this study was to examine the correlation between religious orientation and locus of control. The correlation was concerned with the specific variables of intrinsic religious orientation correlated with internal locus of control, and extrinsic religious orientation correlated with external locus of control. It was hypothesized (null hypothesis) that no significant positive correlation would exist between these variables. The Religious Orientation Scale (Allport and Ross, 1967) and The Internal-External Locus of Control Scale (Rotter, 1966) were used to gather the data of the 60 subjects who participated in this study. Bivariate correlational statistical techniques were utilized to analyze the data (The Pearson Product Moment Correlational Coefficient).^ It was determined from the data analysis that there was no significant positive correlation between intrinsic religious orientation and internal locus of control, nor was there a significant positive correlation between extrinsic religious orientation and external locus of control. Consequently, the null hypotheses were accepted for both major predictions for this study. ^

Subject Area

Religion, Philosophy of|Psychology, Personality

Recommended Citation

Scott Robert Ericson, "Religious orientation and locus of control" (1995). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI9608783.