Locus of Control

Another theory of Depression is Julian Rotter’s (1975) concept of locus of control. This refers to the self-belief that you can can affect and alter your situation, which means Rotter terms someone with an internal locus of control and a high sense of self-efficacy. An external locus of control occurs, when people don’t feel in control of their situation and they have a low sense of self-efficacy. Rotter has observed that people with Depression usually have an external locus of control and a low sense of self-esteem.


Rotter, Julian. “Some Problems And Misconceptions Related To The Construct Of Internal Versus External Control Of Reinforcement.”. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. N.p., 1975. Web. 9 May 2017.


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