Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 537–548 | Cite as

Response bias on a locus of control measure by learning-disabled children

  • Ann Booker Loper
  • Ronald E. Reeve


Four experiments were conducted to clarify the relationship between internal locus of control and achievement in learning-disabled and normal boys. The initial study yielded only a weak relationship between achievement and locus of control. Two subsequent experiments found differences on internality, and experiment 3 confirmed a pattern of second response choice bias for low-achieving boys. In Experiment 4 a significant interaction of diagnosis and test form resulted. Overall the tendency of learning-disabled and low-achieving boys to choose second response alternatives may have resulted in the popular but unsubstantiated notion that disabled children are less internally oriented than normal children.


Significant Interaction Control Measure Initial Study Response Bias Test Form 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann Booker Loper
    • 1
  • Ronald E. Reeve
    • 1
  1. 1.University of VirginiaUSA

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