Title

Antecedents and Outcomes of Perceived Locus of Causality: An Application of Self-Determination Theory

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2007

Abstract

We extended self-determination theory by examining personality antecedents and self-regulatory consequences of perceived locus of causality (PLOC), which is the extent to which individuals perceive their actions as caused by internal or external reasons. We theorized that personality would influence PLOC and that individuals with internal PLOC would engage in more self-regulatory activities, which would in turn predict performance and enjoyment. We used structural equation modeling with data collected from 260 students at 4 time points to test our hypotheses. The model fit the data well. Although personality had direct effects on the self-regulatory activities of effort and meta-cognitive strategies, in addition to the indirect effects via PLOC, tests confirmed that including the indirect effects produced the best-fitting model.

Discipline

Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Volume

37

Issue

10

First Page

2376

Last Page

2404

ISSN

1559-1816

Identifier

10.1111/j.1559-1816.2007.00263.x

Publisher

Wiley