Author: Sidra Iqbal
Supervisor: Fareeha Arshad & Farah Malik, PhD
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between locus of control and superstitious beliefs in young adults. It was hypothesized that Internal locus of control will be negatively predict superstitious beliefs in young adults, external locus of control will be positively predict superstitious beliefs in young adults. It was further hypothesized that there will be gender wise differences across locus of control and superstitious beliefs in young adults. Sample included of 100 young adults (50 men and 50 women) from university and some approaches at their places with age range from 18 to 25 years (M = 21.67, SD = 1.84). Men ranged in age from 18 to 25 years (M = 22.16, SD = 1.92). Women ranged in age from 19 to 25 years (M = 21.18, SD = 1.63). Urdu version of Locus of Control Scale (Mueller & Thomas, 2000) and indigenously developed Scale of Superstitious Beliefs (Riaz & Amjad, 2013) were used to measure study variables. The result of Pearson product moment correlation indicated that internal locus of control was negatively related to superstitious beliefs in young adults and external locus of control was positively related to superstitious beliefs in young adults. Locus of control significantly predicted the superstitious beliefs in young adults. There were significant gender differences for superstitious beliefs of young adults where women were higher superstitious as compared to men. But non-significant gender differences were found for locus of control in young adults. The results have been discussed in the light of previous research and Pakistani sociol- cultural context in particular.
Keywords: Locus of control, Superstitious Beliefs, Young Adults.
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