Spheres of Control Scale (Paulhus‚ 1983)

Use the following scale to indicate how much you agree or disagree with the following statements.
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Personal Control
____ 1. I can usually achieve what I want if I work hard for it.
____ 2. Once I make plans‚ I am almost certain to make them work.
____ 3. I prefer games involving some luck over games requiring pure skill. (r = .167)
____ 4. I can learn almost anything if I set my mind to it.
____ 5. My major accomplishments are entirely due to my hard work and ability.
____ 6. I usually do not set goals because I have a hard time following through on them.
____ 7. Bad luck has sometimes prevented me from achieving things. (r = .272)
____ 8. Almost anything is possible for me if I really want it.
____ 9. Most of what happens in my career is beyond my control.
____ 10. I find it pointless to keep working on something that’s too difficult for me.
Interpersonal Control
____ 11. In my personal relationships‚ the other person usually has more control than I do.
____ 12. I have no trouble making and keeping friends.
____ 13. I’m not good at guiding the course of a conversation with several others.
____ 14. I can usually develop a personal relationship with someone I find appealing.
____ 15. I can usually steer a conversation toward the topics I want to talk about.
____ 16. When I need assistance with something‚ I often find it difficult to get others to help.
____ 17. If there’s someone I want to meet‚ I can usually arrange it.
____ 18. I often find it hard to get my point of view across to others.
____ 19. In attempting to smooth over a disagreement‚ I sometimes make it worse.
____ 20. I find it easy to play an important part in most group situations.
 
Who I Am Is Who I Was: Exploring the Identity-Maintenance Function of Nostalgia
By
Matthew W. Baldwin

Submitted to the graduate degree program in Psychology and the Graduate Faculty of the University of Kansas in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of ma‎ster of Arts.