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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Maryka Biaggio, PhD


A literature search was conducted of materials published between 1985 and 1994 which examine control beliefs and social support networks and their relationship to the mental health and psychological well-being of the elderly. Most empirical research suggests a positive relationship between internal control beliefs and the development and maintenance of effective social support networks.