Current Psychology

, 30:173 | Cite as

Predictors of Health Locus of Control in Older Adults

  • Joy M. Jacobs-Lawson
  • Erin L. Waddell
  • Alicia K. Webb


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.


Health locus of control Older adults Personality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joy M. Jacobs-Lawson
    • 1
  • Erin L. Waddell
    • 1
  • Alicia K. Webb
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate Center for GerontolgyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyOhio UniversityAthensUSA

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