The relationship between locus of control and mental health status among baccalaureate nursing students in Turkey

Ozgul Karayurt1, Aklime Dicle1
1Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey
Cite this article:  Karayurt, O., & Dicle, A. (2008). The relationship between locus of control and mental health status among baccalaureate nursing students in Turkey. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 36(7), 919-930.

Volume 36 Issue 7 | e1772 | Published: August 2008 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2008.36.7.919

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In this descriptive cross-sectional study we explored the relationship between locus of control (LOC) and mental health status of students enrolled in a four year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program that uses problem-based learning. There was a significant, positive, moderate relationship between the general health and LOC scores. First- and second-year students had lower internal LOC and were at higher risk of mental health  problems, compared to third- and fourth-year students, suggesting that they require increased support from faculty staff as they make the transition from school to university and a new style of learning. The nursing faculty needs to use strategies to enhance internal LOC in students.

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