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The Effect of Locus of Control on University Students' Mental Health: Possible Mediation through Self-Esteem and Coping.
J Psychol. 2018 Aug 18; 152(6):341-357.JP

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of locus of control on university students' mental health and to examine possible mediational roles of self-esteem and coping. A total of 418 university students completed Rotters I-E Scale, Self-liking/self-competence Scale, Endlers Coping with Stressful Situations Scale and Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale. The results showed that external locus of control, lower self-liking and self-competence, as well as less problem-focused and more emotion-focused coping predict more symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress in university students. However, mediational analysis revealed that the effect of locus of control was fully mediated by self-esteem and coping, with self-liking and emotion-focused coping being the strongest mediators. Results suggest that beliefs about control affect beliefs about one's self-worth and coping strategies, which in turn can affect one's mental health.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Osijek.a Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Osijek.a Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Osijek.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30089081

Citation

Kurtović, Ana, et al. "The Effect of Locus of Control On University Students' Mental Health: Possible Mediation Through Self-Esteem and Coping." The Journal of Psychology, vol. 152, no. 6, 2018, pp. 341-357.
Kurtović A, Vuković I, Gajić M. The Effect of Locus of Control on University Students' Mental Health: Possible Mediation through Self-Esteem and Coping. J Psychol. 2018;152(6):341-357.
Kurtović, A., Vuković, I., & Gajić, M. (2018). The Effect of Locus of Control on University Students' Mental Health: Possible Mediation through Self-Esteem and Coping. The Journal of Psychology, 152(6), 341-357. https://doi.org/10.1080/00223980.2018.1463962
Kurtović A, Vuković I, Gajić M. The Effect of Locus of Control On University Students' Mental Health: Possible Mediation Through Self-Esteem and Coping. J Psychol. 2018 Aug 18;152(6):341-357. PubMed PMID: 30089081.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The Effect of Locus of Control on University Students' Mental Health: Possible Mediation through Self-Esteem and Coping. AU - Kurtović,Ana, AU - Vuković,Iva, AU - Gajić,Martina, PY - 2018/8/9/entrez PY - 2018/8/9/pubmed PY - 2018/9/25/medline KW - Coping KW - locus of control KW - mental health problems KW - self-esteem KW - university students SP - 341 EP - 357 JF - The Journal of psychology JO - J Psychol VL - 152 IS - 6 N2 - The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of locus of control on university students' mental health and to examine possible mediational roles of self-esteem and coping. A total of 418 university students completed Rotters I-E Scale, Self-liking/self-competence Scale, Endlers Coping with Stressful Situations Scale and Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale. The results showed that external locus of control, lower self-liking and self-competence, as well as less problem-focused and more emotion-focused coping predict more symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress in university students. However, mediational analysis revealed that the effect of locus of control was fully mediated by self-esteem and coping, with self-liking and emotion-focused coping being the strongest mediators. Results suggest that beliefs about control affect beliefs about one's self-worth and coping strategies, which in turn can affect one's mental health. SN - 1940-1019 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30089081/The_Effect_of_Locus_of_Control_on_University_Students'_Mental_Health:_Possible_Mediation_through_Self_Esteem_and_Coping_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -