This study was descriptive in nature, designed to compare the Health Locus of Control (HLC) scores of the elderly living in the community with those who live in congregate housing. The researcher hypothesized that there would be no significant differences between the two groups on the HLC Scale. The HLC Scale was administered to 19 community and 22 congregate housing residents, all over age 65 Subjects also completed a demographic data form, designed by the researcher, that provided information about the age, sex, race, health and financial status of the participants. The null hypothesis was tested by comparing the mean HLC scores of the two groups, using the t-test at the .05 level of significance. Analysis of the data led the researcher to fail to reject the null hypothesis. There is apparently no significant difference in the HLC scores of community and congregate housing residents.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Graduate Nursing

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First Advisor

Dr. Mary Patricia Curtis

Second Advisor

Dr. Phyllis W. Werner

Third Advisor

B. J. Landis

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Nursing Commons