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Locus of control, self-efficacy, and well-being are well-studied personality concepts, but the change in these variables, and their relationships, over extremely stressful and uncontrollable periods, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, has not been assessed. The current study evaluated change in locus of control, self-efficacy, and well-being, as well as their relationships with one another, in a sample of students by comparing current data to data collected before the Covid-19 pandemic. It was hypothesized that locus of control would become more external, self-efficacy would increase slightly, and well-being would decrease. Results revealed that locus of control became significantly more external, while academic self-efficacy decreased significantly. Locus of control and self-efficacy were found to have a significant, negative correlation, indicating the two concepts may still be closely related. Further research should focus on the characteristics of this relationship, as well as possible mediators, in order to further understand these personality concepts and their correlation with one another.
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Bishop, Alexandra E., "The Impact of the COVID Pandemic on First Year Students' Locus of Control, Self-Efficacy and Well-Being" (2022). Brescia Psychology Undergraduate Honours Theses. 44.