Relationship among prospective parents' locus of control, social desirability, and choice of psychoprophylaxis.

Abstract

This study sought to determine if there is a relationship among locus of control, social desirability, and choice of psychoprophylaxis (PPM). It was hypothesized that internal locus of control and low social desirability would correlate significantly with the choice of PPM by husbands and wives; that externally controlled wives who participated in PPM would have more internally controlled husbands than externally controlled wives who participated in PPM would have more internally controlled husbands than externally controlled wives who did not participate; and that locus of control and social desirability, when taken together, would be better predictors of choice of PPM than either taken separately. Ninety-eight middle-class nulliparous couples, participant and non-participant, were studied in the seventh or eighth month of the wife's pregnancy. Rotter's I-E Scale and the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale were used to measure locus of control and social desirability. Study findings did not support the hypotheses.

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@article{Windwer1977RelationshipAP, title={Relationship among prospective parents' locus of control, social desirability, and choice of psychoprophylaxis.}, author={C M Windwer}, journal={Nursing research}, year={1977}, volume={26 2}, pages={96-9} }