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Maternal Locus of Control and Perception of Family Status at Entry and Exit of Birth to Three Early Intervention

Coffaro, Ann (2009) Maternal Locus of Control and Perception of Family Status at Entry and Exit of Birth to Three Early Intervention. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Birth to three early intervention is unique time in the life of a family of a child with a disability in that confidence and competence of the parents can be addressed as part of the intervention goals and objectives. Locus of control is a quality measure of a parent's perception of their ability to be their child's teacher, advocate, and champion and is associated with confidence and competence. The purpose of this dissertation was to examine the association of locus of control orientation using Rotter's Locus of Control Scale (Rotter, 1966) with perception of family status as it relates to the child with the disability at entry and exit of birth to three early intervention using the Family Outcomes Survey (Bailey, 2006) in two groups of mothers at entry and exit of services. Analysis indicated there was no difference in locus of control between the two groups. Further, locus of control was not associated with the Family Outcomes Survey. The Family Outcomes survey demonstrated differences between the two groups and additional association with the socioeconomic proxy of type of insurance, length of time the family took part in early intervention, and the reason the child qualified for early intervention.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKaczmarek, Louisekaczmk@pitt.eduKACZMK
Committee MemberKelly, Kathykkelly21@pitt.eduKKELLY21
Committee MemberFleming,
Committee MemberZigmond, Naominaomi@pitt.eduNAOMI
Date: 11 December 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 29 September 2009
Approval Date: 11 December 2009
Submission Date: 21 October 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: early intervention; family centered; family outcomes survey; locus of control; social support
Other ID:, etd-10212009-163915
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:03
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:50


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