Table 1

Health locus of control ratings by sex
Female Male
Health locus of control dimensions Items N Mean (SD) N Mean (SD)
Internal (ILOC) * The main thing which affects my health is what I myself do. 1688 11.21 (1.86) 1498 11.65 (1.80)
* I am in control of my health.
* If I get sick, it is my own behaviour which determines how soon I get well again.
Powerful others (PLOC) * Regarding my health, I can only do what my doctor tells me to do. 1677 6.98 (1.70) 1502 7.14 (1.89)
* Having regular contact with my physician is the best way for me to avoid illness.
* Health professionals control my health.
Chance (CLOC) * My good health is largely a matter of good fortune. 1677 7.07 (1.77) 1504 7.24 (1.92)
* Luck plays a big part in determining how soon I will recover from an illness.
* If it’s meant to be, I will stay healthy.

SD – standard deviation.

Helmer et al.

Helmer et al. BMC Research Notes 2012 5:703   doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-703

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