Locus of control beliefs can be either external or internal. An external locus of control means a patient believes some force from the environment is in control of their behavior. An internal locus of control refers to the belief a person is in control of his or her own behavior. The locus of control belief is an important determinant of whether or not a patient takes responsibility for their oral healthcare. Patients with an internal locus of control are more likely to be successful in implementing changes in oral health habits and place a high value on dental health.13
Some examples of questions that might be used to assess the dental locus of control include:8
The answers to these types of questions can help the dental professional in determining whether the patient has an internal or external locus of control.
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