Can self-esteem and locus of control predict impulsivity? Including effects of gender and age

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Authors
King, Jennifer
Issue Date
2012
Degree
BA (Hons) in Psychology
Publisher
Dublin Business School
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Abstract
This study examined the underlying factors that predict impulsivity; self-esteem, internal, chance and other/external locus of control, gender and age differences. There were one hundred and one participants; eleven were from ‘Bodywhys’ eating disorder support groups, forty were from a national badminton centre and also fifty non-psychology students. All participants were given a questionnaires booklet containing three questionnaires. The first questionnaire was the Rosenberg self-esteem questionnaire, followed by the Barrats impulsiveness scale then finally the multidimensional locus of control scale. Also age and gender were got from the participants. Two hypotheses were supported that self-esteem, internal, chance, other/external locus of control were correlated to impulsivity. Also that other/external locus of control and self-esteems attributed for 36% of variance in impulsivity. There were experimental issues and future recommendations mentioned in this study. Author keywords: Impulsivity, self-esteem, locus of control, body image, gender
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