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There is evidence that locus of control is related to moral development, facilitated by internality as it emerges in early childhood.


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  • Juhasz A.M. and Sonnshein-Schneider, M. (2003). Adolescent sexuality: values, morality, and decision-making. Adolescence, 22, 579-590.
  • Schave, B. (2003). Similarities and differences between 6 year-old identical and fraternal twins and their parents locus of control and moral development. Educational Research Quarterly, 11, 49-56.

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