Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Liberal Arts

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Leonard Deutsch

Second Advisor

Roger P. Mooney

Third Advisor

Beverly Winter

Fourth Advisor

Julie A. Vuchetich

Fifth Advisor

Stephen L. O’Keefe


The relationship between locus of control and aggression in children was investigated. Twenty-five students from grades 5 through 8 from a rural public school in southern West Virginia were involved in the research. The students - completed the Children’s Nowicki- Strickland Internal-External Locus of Control scale, and the students’ teachers completed the Conners’ Global Index for measuring psychopathology and hyperactivity. The Pearson Product-Moment Correlation was utilized to evaluate the relationship between the variables. Alpha was set at .05. There was no significant relationship between locus of control and aggression in the children. Research suggests that the expression of aggression is different for males and females. When controlled for gender, the results indicated a significant positive relationship between external locus of control and aggression among males. However, no significant relationship was found among females. The results of this research suggest that in designing programs for violence prevention, gender differences should be addressed and programs appropriate for males may not be appropriate for females. Recommendations for future research are made.


Locus of control.

Aggressiveness in children.

Psychological tests for children.