Measuring perceptual and motivational facets of computer control: the development and validation of the computing control scale

Charlton, John P. (2005) Measuring perceptual and motivational facets of computer control: the development and validation of the computing control scale. Computers in Human Behavior, 21 (5). pp. 791-815. ISSN 0747-5632

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Abstract

The Computing Control Scale (CCS), a new factor analytically derived psychometric instrument is developed. The CCS consists of Computing Autonomy and Computing Need for Control subscales. Computing autonomy represents a composite of confidence in controlling computers and self-reliance when using computers. Computing need for control is considered to represent a domain-specific analog of Burger?s (e.g. 1992) global desire for control construct. The factor structure of the instrument is shown to be replicable. Also, the two subscales are shown to be reliable and to exhibit construct validity in terms of their differential relationships with other concepts such as computer comfort - anxiety, computer addiction and non-domain-specific desire for control. In addition, the data collected shows that few people attribute computing-related outcomes to luck or chance and indicates that the vast majority of people believe that in principle such outcomes are within their control. It is therefore concluded that attempts to measure computing-specific locus of control using a factor analytically derived instrument may not be viable.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: In Computers in Human Behavior, 2005, 21 (5), p.791-815
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer attitudes, Internal External Locus of Control, Needs, Self Efficacy, Independence (Personality), Addiction
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:51
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2014 09:57
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.chb.2004.02.027
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/347

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