The effects of locus of control and social support on perceived life stress in junior high students by using structure equation modeling

  • 瓊儀 傅

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This study was an attempt to construct a structural model of a causal relationship between locus of control and social support on life stress for junior high students. A structure equation modeling with the LISREL computer program was used to verify the model proposed by the author. The participants were 557 seventh to ninth graders from junior high school in Tainan. The instruments employed in this study included:Locus of Control Scale, Social Support Scale, and Student''s Life Stress Scale.
The results of this study indicated that both locus of control and social support had direct effects on life stress. Locus of control also had a direct effect on social support, and served a mediator between sex and social support. Besides, social support mediated locus of control and life stress. In addition, sex had a direct effect on locus of control; grade had a direct effect on life stress. Finally, the implications for the presented study were discussed and the suggestions to school education and further research were proposed.
Date of Award2001
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorWei-Ming Luh (Supervisor)


  • locus of control
  • life stress
  • social support

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