Locus of Control Scale (LCS)

The Locus of Control Scale (LCS) is a 29-item questionnaire that measures an individual’s level of internal versus external control of reinforcement.

ITEM CODING

Score one point for each of the following:

2. a, 3.b, 4.b, 5.b, 6.a, 7.a, 9.a, 10.b, 11.b, 12.b, 13.b, 15.b, 16.a, 17.a, 18.a, 20.a, 21. a, 22.b, 23.a, 25.a, 26.b, 28.b, 29.a.

A high score = External Locus of Control

A low score = Internal Locus of Control

SCALES

RESOURCE FILES

LCS Questionnaire

LCS Questionnaire + Scoring

R Scoring Syntax file

REFERENCES

Rotter, J. B. (1966). Generalized expectancies for internal versus external control of reinforcement. Psychological monographs: General and applied, 80(1), 1.