Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Family Consumer Human Development

Department name when degree awarded

Home Economics and Consumer Education


Jane Lott


A comparison of perception of locus of control and identification of goals between delinquent and non-delinquent juvenile females was conducted.

The delinquent sample consisted of 20 female students at the Idaho State Youth Training Center. The non-delinquent sample consisted of 20 female students from two Idaho Public Secondary schools. The non-delinquent subjects were paired with the delinquent subjects as closely as possible according to age, religion, education, size and composition of family, and size of home town.

The instruments used were: (l) a background questionnaire, (2) a goal identification questionnaire, and (3) Rotter's I-E scale.

The difference between the mean I-E score of the delinquent subjects and the non-delinquent subjects was not significant. The non delinquent subjects identified significantly more goals, both long-term and short-term, than the delinquent subjects, Both samples identified goals in all five categories, but the non-delinquent subjects identified significantly more goals in the paid employment, individually oriented, and interpersonally oriented categories. The inverse correlation between the number of goals identified and the subjects' I-E score was not significant.