Sense of Control Scale (SC)

1.    There is little I can do to change many of the important things in my life.
2.    I often feel helpless in dealing with the problems of life.
3.    I can do just about anything I really set my mind to.
4.    Other people determine most of what I can and cannot do.
5.    What happens to me in the future mostly depends on me.
6.    When I really want to do something‚ I usually find a way to succeed at it.
7.    There are many things that interfere with what I want to do.
8.    Whether or not I am able to get what I want is in my own hands.
9.    I have little control over the things that happen to me.
10.There is really no way I can solve all of the problems I have.
11.Sometimes I feel that I'm being pushed around in life.
12.What happens in my life is often beyond my control.
Personal ma‎stery: alpha = .70; Perceived constraints: alpha = .86
1- Disagree strongly‚ 2- Disagree somewhat‚ 3- Disagree a little‚ 4- Don't know‚ 5- Agree a little 6- Agree somewhat‚ and 7- Agree Strongly
Perceived Constraints (Questions 1‚ 2‚ 4‚ 5‚ 7‚ 9‚ 10‚ & 11); Personal ma‎stery (Questions 3‚ 6‚ 8‚ & 12)

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