THE EFFECT OF LOCUS OF CONTROL IN RESPONSIBILITY AMONG PARTICIPANTS WITH TRAUMATIC EVENT HISTORY

2019-05-04
Topcu, Merve
Köroğlu, Deniz
İnceler, Yusuf Coşku
Gençöz, Faruk
Individuals’ causal attributions between their behavior and a reward determine their future behaviors(LoC). When individual perceive limited control over an action, then the behavior appraised as a result of luck, and fate, as under the control of powerful others, or as unpredictable. It is called external LoC. When the event is perceived as contingent upon his/her behavior, it is internal LoC. Traumatic events are defined as disruptive to the daily routine, develop suddenly and unexpectedly, create horror, anxiety and panic, and disturb the process of making sense of the world. However, after traumatic event exposure it is possible to show psychological improvement, which is entitled as posttraumatic growth. Positive correlation between posttraumatic growth and responsibility has been found in the literature. Responsibility defined as individual's fulfilment of antecedents and consequences of their emotions, cognitions, and behaviors. It was thought that understanding the responsibility could be essential on the way through posttraumatic growth. The role of LoC in responsibility among people with traumatic event history was examined. A cross-sectional paper-pencil format study conducted with 139 participants who reported at least one traumatic event exposure included in the analysis. Informed consent, socio-demographic form, the Positive (PA) and Negative Affect (NA) Scale, the LoC Scale, the Social Desirability Inventory, and the Responsibility Scale were given to the participants. Correlational analysis shows that responsibility was positively correlated with PA for last six months and social desirability. The responsibility was negatively correlated with NA for last six months and belief in an unjust world. 2-stepped hierarchical regression analysis run to examine the role of LoC in the prediction of responsibility. Social desirability, PA and NA were entered in the first step. Significantly correlated belief in an unjust world dimension of LoC with responsibility entered in the second step. Results demonstrated that belief in an unjust world significantly predicted responsibility when controlled for social desirability and PA and NA. That is, those who believe in that world is an unjust place may think, feel or act responsibly more. And also, thinking, feeling or acting responsibly may be appraised as protective against feelings of failure, guilt or shame, fear of punishment, uncertainty and being victim of an uncontrolled event. Eventually this protection may be rewarding. On the way through posttraumatic growth, belief in an unjust world and responsibility may be influential factors especially on therapeutic process with individuals with traumatic event history.
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Citation Formats
M. Topcu, D. Köroğlu, Y. C. İnceler, and F. Gençöz, “THE EFFECT OF LOCUS OF CONTROL IN RESPONSIBILITY AMONG PARTICIPANTS WITH TRAUMATIC EVENT HISTORY,” Zagreb, Hırvatistan, 2019, p. 28, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/79723.