Personality Tests

This is an interactive version of the Spheres of Control Scale (SOC-3).

Introduction: A popular idea in social psychology has been that of "locus of control", an individuals beliefs about what amount of control they have over their life. It has been extensively studied in relation to mental health and academic achievement, generally with the assumption that more perceived control is better. The most common instrument used in this research has been Rotter's Locus-Of-Control Scale, but some have argued that the picture is more complex than the single score Rotter's provides. The Spheres of Control Scale is a measure of perceived control developed by Delroy Paulhus in 1983 (updated to version 3 in 1990) that measures multiple domains of perceived control: personal, interpersonal, and socio-political control.

Procedure: This test consists of 30 statements that must be rated on how much you agree with them on a five point scale (where 1=Disagree, 3=Neutral, and 5=Agree). It should take most people about five minutes to complete.

Participation: You use of this assessment should be for educational or entertainment purposes only. This is not psychological advice of any kind. Additionally, your responses to this questionnaire will be anonymously saved and possibly used for research or otherwise distributed.

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  • References:
  • Spittal, M.J., Siegert, R.J., McClure, J.L., & Walkey, F.H. (2002). The Spheres of Control scale: the identification of a clear, replicable three-factor structure. Personality and Individual Differences, 32, 121-131.