Desire for Control scale

Burger & Cooper (1979, Motivation & Emotion)

This is actually less about control and more about wanting choice in life. Which is actually desire for choice. It is sometimes referred to as “Chronic Desire for Control” (Geers et al., 2013, JPSP)

The scale

  1. I prefer a job where I have a lot of control over what I do and when I do it.
  2. I enjoy political participation because I want to have as much of a say in running government as possible.
  3. I try to avoid situations where someone else tells me what to do.
  4. I would prefer to be a leader rather than a follower.
  5. I enjoy being able to influence the actions of others.
  6. I am careful to check everything on an automobile before I leave for a long trip.
  7. Others usually know what is best for me.
  8. I enjoy making my own decisions.
  9. I enjoy having control over my own destiny.
  10. I would rather someone else took over the leadership role when I'm involved in a group project.
  11. I consider myself to be generally more capable of handling situations than others are.
  12. I'd rather run my own business and make my own mistakes than listen to someone else’s orders.
  13. I like to get a good idea of what a job is all about before I begin.
  14. When I see a problem I prefer to do something about it rather than sit by and let it continue.
  15. When it comes to orders, I would rather give them than receive them.
  16. I wish I could push many of life’s daily decisions off on someone else.
  17. When driving, I try to avoid putting myself in a situation where I could be hurt by someone else’s mistake.
  18. I prefer to avoid situations where someone else has to tell me what it is I should be doing.
  19. There are many situations in which I would prefer only one choice rather than having to make a decision.
  20. I like to wait and see if someone else is going to solve a problem so that I don't have to be bothered by it.

Items 7, 10, 16, 19, and 20 are reversed before scoring.

Thc instructions for the scale were:

Below you will find a series of statements. Please read each statement carefully and respond to it by expressing the extent to which you believe the statement applies to you. It is important that you respond to all items.

For all items a response from 1 to 7 is required. Use the number that best reflects your belief when the scale is defined as follows:

  1. The statement doesn't apply to me at all.
  2. The statement usually doesn't apply to me.
  3. Most often, the statement does not apply.
  4. I am unsure about whether or not the statement applies to me, or it applies to me about half the time.
  5. The statement applies more often than not
  6. The statement usually applies to me.
  7. The statement always applies to me.
desire_for_control_scale.txt · Last modified: 2013/09/18 22:31 by filination
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