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Locus of control - predictor of health and subjective well – being

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Author(s): SVETLANA POPOVA

Journal: European Medical, Health and Pharmaceutical Journal
ISSN 1804-5804

Volume: 4;
Start page: 47;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Locus of control | Health | Subjective wellbeing | Young people | Flow

ABSTRACT
The article presents results of a study of the relationship 'locus of control health and subjective wellbeing.In a heterogeneous sample (N = 239) in the stage of youth (1930years) shall be established: locus of control determines11.56% of the changes in the assessment of health, changes in health contribute to 12.82% of the variation in assessmentof happiness and 6.10% in the measurement of life satisfaction. Young people with an internal locus of control arehealthier, happier and more satisfied with their lives than those with an external locus of control. In a study of cause effectrelationship is established that internal locus of control determines a healthier lifestyle. Inadequate health care, moresevere risk factors (stress, unhealthy diet, inadequate sleep, smoking) among young people with an external locus ofcontrol, outline prospects for greater vulnerability of this group of the population of the so called "Diseases of modernsociety." Most preferred activities of young people beneficial to their health are: walking, relaxation, hobbies and sports,and this is the way to state "flow" (activity of happiness) and highlights the positive experiences in health.
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