Predictors of Health Locus of Control in Older Adults
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- Jacobs-Lawson, J.M., Waddell, E.L. & Webb, A.K. Curr Psychol (2011) 30: 173. doi:10.1007/s12144-011-9108-z
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Health locus of control has been shown to influence how individuals approach their health and health-related decisions. The present study examined the variables predictive of older adults’ health locus of control. A total of 261 adults aged 54–84 years completed a questionnaire about their health, approach to health, and background information about themselves. The results revealed that demographic indicators, health-related variables, and psychological variables—particularly health risk tolerance, future time perspective, health self-efficacy, and emotional instability—were related to older adults’ health locus of control. Findings have implications for programs aimed at modifying older adults’ health locus of control.