Past research has indicated that social resources and locus of control may influence psychological distress. The goal of this study was to investigate the mediating role that locus of control had on the relationship between social resources and psychological distress. Participants (n = 346) completed an online survey measuring their social resources, locus of control, and psychological distress levels. It was hypothesized that (1) social resource stability would positively correlate with internal locus of control, (2) internal locus of control would negatively correlate with psychological distress, and (3) locus of control would mediate the relationship between social resource stability and psychological distress. The results revealed that locus of control had a mediating effect between social resource stability and psychological distress. Therefore, the model was supported.
Semester/Year of Award
Jonathan S. Gore
Mentor Professional Affiliation
Restricted Access Thesis
Strong, Shelby L., "Stability and Control in Life: The Mediating Role of Locus of Control between Social Resources" (2018). Honors Theses. 585.