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| Published: June 30, 2017

Locus of Control and Machiavellianism: A Study on College Undergraduates

Swati Singh

PhD Scholar, Department of Psychology, MKP (PG) College, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Rita

PhD Scholar, Department of Psychology, MKP (PG) College, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Kanika Suri

PhD Scholar, Department of Psychology, MKP (PG) College, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.140/20170403

DOI: 10.25215/0403.140

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In recent decades, the relationship between Machiavellianism and Locus of Control has received increasing attention in psychological research. Machiavellianism, which is one of the key traits of the dark triad, offers a keen interest in the study of self-identity traits of a person. The objective of the present study is to examine the Locus of Control and the Machiavellianism trait among 100 undergraduate students (18-21 yrs). Subjects consisted of 50 male and 50 female students of HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar (Uttarakhand). Locus of Control was assessed using Rotter’s Locus of Control Scale (Dr. N. Hasain & Dr. D. D. Joshi, 1992), and Machiavellianism was assessed using A Scale of Machiavellianism (Mach IV) by Dr. S. N. Rai & Dr. Manjula Gupta. Pearsonian correlation analysis of the variables (Locus of Control and Machiavellianism) on subjects’ scores revealed a negative correlation. No significant difference was found across the genders. Mean scores indicated the male students to be slightly higher on the Machiavellianism trait, and female students showed a higher mean score on Locus of Control indicating an internal Locus of Control.

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

18.01.140/20170403

10.25215/0403.140

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Published in   Volume 04, Issue 3, April-June, 2017