Psicología desde el Caribe
On-line version ISSN 2011-7485
LABORIN ALVAREZ, Jesús Francisco; VERA NORIEGA, José Ángel; DURAZO SALAS, Francisco Fernando and PARRA ARMENTA, Erik Misael. Composition the locus of control in two latinoamerican cities. Psicol. caribe [online]. 2008, n.22, pp. 63-83. ISSN 2011-7485.
The locus of control is a personality trait linked to the attribution people make concerning their success and failures. Research in nations and societies has demonstrated that there exist general and particular characteristics about control perception, where culture plays an important role. The initial objective was to know the factorial composition about locus of control in two groups located in Hermosillo, Sonora México (n=600) and João Pessoa, Paraíba. Brazil (n=600); then, to establish the differences of the construct between the groups concerning the attribute variables: age, education level, occupation and city. The results show three dimensions in the two groups: internal, affiliation and external locus of control. The general data suggest that the population samples of the cities make control judgements related with efforts and personal work, affiliation to collectives and groups of interest as the basis for explaining their success and failures.
Keywords : locus of control; cross-cultural psychology; México; Brazil.