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Title: Locus of control, negative live events and psychopathological symptoms in collectivist adolescents
Author: Moreira, Paulo
Vaz, João Machado
Stevanovic, Dejan
Olayinka, Atilola
Dodig-Ćurković, Katarina
Mohamad, Avicenna
Multazam Noor, Isa
Monteiro, Luis Antonio Campos
Ribas, Adriana
Stupar, Dusko
Deljkovic, Azra
Nussbaum, Laura
Thabet Abdelaziz, Dino
Petrov, Petar
Vostanis, Panos
The International Child Mental Health Study Group
Keywords: Locus of control
Negative events
Issue Date: 21-Oct-2019
Publisher: ScienceDirect
Citation: Moreira, Paulo, Vaz, João Machado, Stevanovic Dejan, Atilola Olayinka, Dodig-Ćurković Katarina, Franic Tomislav, Djoric Ana, Knez Rajna, Davidovic Nikolina, Avicenna Mohamad, Multazam Noor Isa, Campos Monteiro Luis Antonio, Adriana Ribas, Stupar Dusko, Deljkovic Azra, Nussbaum Laura, Thabet Abdelaziz, Ubalde Dino, Petrov Petar, Vostanis Panos & The International Child Mental Health Study Group (2019, Oct). Locus of control, negative live events and psychopathological symptoms in collectivist adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2019.109601 <>
Abstract: A current research trend is the identification of psychosocial variables that moderate and/or mediate the association between stressors and psychopathological symptoms. Research has shown Locus of Control (LoC) is a key cognitive component of this psychological process in adolescents from individualist cultures. It is unclear whether this finding can be generalized to collectivist adolescents given that LoC is argued to be a culturally relative construct. The study examined the moderating and mediating effects of LoC on the relationship between negative events and psychopathological symptoms (anxiety and depressive symptoms) in adolescents from collectivist countries (n = 2800). Consistent with prior research, negative life events and external LoC were associated with more psychopathological symptoms. Unlike past studies with samples from individualist countries, the study did not produce clear evidence that LoC moderated or mediated this relationship. Results are discussed in terms of cultural differences in the (un)desirability of external control.
Description: This document is the authors’ version of the final accepted manuscript, published online 21.10.2019 by Personality and Individual Differences. - <>
Personality and Individual Differences. - ISSN 0191-8869
Peer reviewed: yes
ISSN: 0191-8869
Document Type: Article
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