Worldview of Teens Turn Them Into Alcoholics and Smokers
A new research study has revealed that teens who believe they have no control over external events or what happened to them in life were more likely to become smokers or alcoholics.
The study conducted by a team led by Glenda Lassi, an epidemiologist of University of Bristol, UK examined the worldview of students at the age of 16 in 1991 and 1992. They were subsequently checked for use of alcohol or tobacco by the age of 17 and 21. It was found that those who believed in internal 'locus of control' (LoC) meaning those who thought they had control over their lives were more likely to stay away from alcohol and smoking. On the other hand those with external LoC and believed they had no control over what is happening to them were more likely to turn to alcohol or smoking.
The study has implications at how parents, family and campuses can make suitable interventions to minimise external LoC and create a favourable attitude to life.