Development of the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control (MHLC) Scales

Health Educ Monogr. 1978 Spring;6(2):160-70. doi: 10.1177/109019817800600107.


The development of the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control scales is described. Scales have been developed to tap beliefs that the source of reinforcements for health-related behaviors is primarily internal, a matter of chance, or under the control of powerful others. These scales are based on earlier work with a general Health Locus of Control Scale, which, in turn, was developed from Rotter's social learning theory. Equivalent forms of the scales are presented along with initial internal consistency and validity data. Possible means of utilizing these scales are provided.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control*
  • Male
  • Psychological Tests / methods*