The Relationship between Daily Hassles and Social Anxiety of Children: The Mediating Effect of Internal Locus of Control
AUTHOR : 임정하,이지윤,김상미,박지수,정윤지
INFORMATION : page. 135~157 / 2015 Vol.22 No.3
The purpose of this study was to investigate the mediating effects of internal locus of control in the
relationship between daily hassles and social anxiety of children. We surveyed 370 elementary school
students in the fifth and sixth grades in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. The data were
analyzed using t-tests, correlations and hierarchical regressions. The major findings suggested that
boys reported a significantly higher level of parent-related stress than girls. Second, girls reported a
significantly higher level of internal locus of control and social anxiety than boys. Third, daily hassles
were positively associated with social anxiety but negatively associated with internal locus of control.
Also, internal locus of control was negatively associated with social anxiety. Fourth, there was partial
mediating effect of internal locus of control in the relationship between daily hassles and social
anxiety. This study explored the direct effect of daily hassles on social anxiety and the indirect effect
of daily hassles on social anxiety through internal locus of control. The results imply that personal
cognitive factors should be considered to prevent social anxiety when planning programs or
counseling for children.