Patient Anxiety and Control in Medical Treatment

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Anxiety, control, medical treatment, psychology


Medicine and Health Sciences | Psychology


This study examined the relationship between desire for control, health locus of control, and anxiety in patients seeking medical treatment. Participants included 102 male and female undergraduates ranging in age from 18-24. The sample was 68% Caucasian, 6% African-American, 7% Hispanic, 6% Asian, and 15% mixed ethnicity. Participants completed questionnaires including the A-State portion of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, the Desirability of Control scale, and the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control scale. It was predicated that state anxiety would be positively correlated with desire for control and internal locus of control and negatively correlated with chance and powerful others locus of control. Statistical analysis indicated that a negative correlation existed between desire for control and anxiety, while all other correlations were non-significant.

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