How does locus of control and inflated sense of responsibility relate to obsessive-compulsive symptoms in Turkish adolescents?

J Anxiety Disord. 2008 Dec;22(8):1303-15. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2008.01.010. Epub 2008 Jan 19.


This study aimed to examine the effects of responsibility attitudes, locus of control and their interactions on the general obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptomatology and the dimensions of OC symptoms in a sample of Turkish adolescents (n=385), their ages varied from 16 to 20 with a mean of 17.23 (S.D.=.68). The results of the present study revealed a significantly positive relationship between responsibility attitudes and general OC symptomatology. However, locus of control did not appear as a significant predictor of general OC symptomatology. Furthermore, results revealed that there was a significant interaction effect of responsibility attitudes with locus of control on OC symptomatology. That is, an inflated sense of responsibility and the presence of an external locus of control produced the highest level of OC symptoms. Related to the dimensions of OC symptoms, responsibility was a weak predictor of obsessive thinking symptoms, and a moderate predictor of cleanliness and checking symptoms. Locus of control and its interaction with responsibility attitudes only significantly predicted obsessional thinking symptoms.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control*
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / psychology*
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data*
  • Probability
  • Psychology, Adolescent*
  • Regression Analysis
  • Social Responsibility*
  • Students / psychology
  • Students / statistics & numerical data
  • Universities