Author: Arooj Karim Khan
Supervisor: Fatima Kamran, Ph.D
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The cross sectional study investigated association between psycho social
predictors (optimism and social support) and health locus of control and
prediction of health locus of control from optimism and social support in
post-surgery cardiac patients suffering from myocardial infarction or
coronary artery disease. It was hypothesizes that Optimism and Social
Support may positively associated with Internal Health Locus of Control
in post-surgery cardiac patients. Optimism and social support may be
associated with external health locus of control in post-surgery cardiac
patients. Optimism and social support may predict internal health locus of
control in post-surgery cardiac patientsp. Optimism and social support
may predict the external health locus of control in post-surgery cardiac
patients. The sample was consisted of 34 inpatients of Myo Hospital,
Punjab Institute of Cardiology and Sheikh Zaid hospital. The sample was
of both men (n = 26) and women (n = 8) with an age range of 30 to 70
years old. Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale (Wallston &
Wallston, 1994) was used to assess Health Locus of Control. Optimism
was assessed by Life Orientation Test Revised (Scheier & Craver, 1994).
Social support was assessed by Multidimensional Perceived Social
Support (Zimet, 1988). Findings revealed significant positive relationship
between optimism and internal health locus of control. Results found no
relationship between social support and internal health locus of control.
There is also no association found between optimism, social support and
external health locus of control. Results revealed no prediction of health
locus of control from optimism and social support. But significant gender
differences were found on the basis of optimism and doctor health locus of
Keywords: Psychosocial Predictors, Optimism, Health Locus of Control.
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