Effects of attributional style and health locus of control on emotional support: young adult partnerships shaped by mental illness

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dc.contributor Riffe, Nancy
dc.contributor Sparks, Johnny V.
dc.contributor Black, Jason Edward
dc.contributor.advisor Mills, Carol B.
dc.contributor.author Russell, Jennifer Michelle
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:20:38Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:20:38Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000052
dc.identifier.other Russell_alatus_0004M_10085
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/559
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the research was to investigate the effects of both attributional style and health locus of control on emotional support within potential partnerships that are affected by mental illness. The research focused on the young adult population due to the prevalence of mental illness. Based on previous scholarship, the research posed two central research questions: How does the perceived controllability of a mental illness influence people's willingness to give emotional support to a partner living with a mental illness? How does the attribution of the mentally ill partner's actions affect the supporter partner's willingness to lend emotional support? Using an experimental design with participants (N=136) answering the established measures based on hypothetical scenarios, the research manipulated the mental disorder presented (i.e., Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse Disorder), and how the potential actions associated with the illness could be attributed (i.e., internal or external). Independent measures included health locus of control, attributional style, perceived controllability, and willingness to lend emotional support. The results suggested several important implications. Participants reported that the mental illnesses presented were moderately to highly controllable. The results also inferred that their willingness to lend emotional support is effected by the perceived controllability of the illness. Lastly, the research suggested that being able to attribute certain behaviors to the diagnosis is a factor in the participants' willingness to lend emotional support.
dc.format.extent 99 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Psychology, Social
dc.subject.other Psychology, Experimental
dc.subject.other Speech Communication
dc.title Effects of attributional style and health locus of control on emotional support: young adult partnerships shaped by mental illness
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Communication Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Communication Studies
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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