Rotterís Locus of Control Scale
Each number below has an ďaĒ part and a ďbĒ statement. † Select either ďaĒ or ďbĒ depending on
which one most accurately reflects your view.
†††††††††††† a. †††††††††††† Children get into trouble because
their parents punish them too much.
The trouble with most children nowadays is that their parents
are too easy with them.
†††††††††††† a. †††††††††††† Many of the unhappy things in
peopleís lives are partly due to bad luck.
Peopleís misfortunes result from the mistakes they make.
†††††††††††† a. †††††††††††† One of the major reasons why we
have wars is because people donít take enough interest in politics.
There will always be wars, no matter how hard people try to
†††††††††††† a. †††††††††††† In the long run people get the
respect they deserve in this world.
Unfortunately, an individualís worth often passes unrecognized
no matter how hard he tries.
†††††††††††† a. †††††††††††† The idea that teachers are unfair
to students is nonsense.
Most students donít realize the extent to which their grades
are influenced by accidental happenings.
†††††††††††† a. †††††††††††† Without the right breaks one cannot
be an effective leader.
Capable people fail to become leaders have not taken advantage
of their opportunities.
†††††††††††† a. †††††††††††† No matter how hard you try some
people just donít like you.
People who canít get others to like them donít understand how
to get along with others.
†††††††††††† a. †††††††††††† Heredity plays the major role in
determining oneís personality
It is oneís experiences in life which determine what theyíre
†††††††††††† a. †††††††††††† I have often found that what is
going to happen will happen.
b. †††††††††††† Trusting
to fate has never turned out as well for me as making a decision to take a
definite course of action.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† In the case of the well prepared
student there is rarely if ever such a thing as an unfair test.
Many times exam questions tend to be so unrelated to course
work that studying is really useless.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† Becoming a success is a matter of
hard work, luck has little or nothing to do with it.
Getting a good job depends mainly on being in the right place
at the right time.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† The average citizen can have an
influence in government decisions.
This world is run by the few people in power, and there is not
much the little guy can do about it.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† When I make plans, I am almost
certain that I can make them work.
It is not always wise to plan too far ahead because many
things turn out to be a matter of good or bad fortune anyhow.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† There are certain people who are
just no good.
There is some good in everybody.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† In my case getting what I want has
little or nothing to do with luck.
Many times we might just as well decide what to do by flipping
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† Who get to be the boss often
depends on who was lucky enough to be in the right place first.
Getting people to do the right thing depends upon ability,
luck has little or nothing to do with it.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† As far as world affairs are
concerned, most of us are the victims of forces we can neither understand, nor control.
By taking an active part in political and social affairs the
people can control world events.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† Most people donít realize the
extent to which their lives are controlled by accidental happenings.
There really is no such thing as ďluck.Ē
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† One should always be willing to
It is usually best to cover up oneís mistakes.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† It is hard to know whether or not a
person really likes you.
How many friends you have depends upon how nice a person you
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† In the long run the bad things that
happen to us are balanced by the good ones.
Most misfortunes are the result of lack of ability, ignorance,
laziness, or all three.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† With enough effort we can wipe out
It is difficult for people to have much control over the
things politicians do in office.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† Sometimes I canít understand how
teachers arrive at the grades they give.
There is a direct connection between how hard I study and the
grades I get.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† A good leader expects people to
decide for themselves what they should do.
A good leader makes it clear to everybody what their jobs are.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† Many times I feel that I have
little influence over the things that happen to me.
It is impossible for me to believe that chance or luck plays
an important role in my life.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† People are lonely because they
donít try to be friendly.
Thereís not much use in trying too hard to please people, if
they like you, they like you.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† There is too much emphasis on
athletics in high school.
Team sports are an excellent way to build character.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† What happens to me is my own doing.
Sometimes I feel that I donít have enough control over the
direction my life is taking.
†††††††††† a. †††††††††††† Most of the time I canít understand
why politicians behave the way they do.
††††††††††††††† b. †††††††††††† In the long run the people are
responsible for bad government on a national as well as on a local level.