Perceived locus of causality: theoretical significance and the problem of measurement



This work is aimed at summarizing the theoretical progress made in understanding the role of perceived locus of causality in various activities The problem of the method of measuring the perceived locus of causality is analyzed. It is emphasized that for this design it is a multidimensional approach to measurement, which considers all types of causality locus as separate constructs, turns out to be the most promising one. Particular attention is paid to determinants and correlates, such as motivational regulation, in the context of educational activities, which attracts a multidimensional approach in its measurement oftener than in the analysis of other forms of activity.

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Keywords: self-determination theory, motivation, perceived locus of causality, UPLOC, extrinsic motivation, intrinsic motivation, autonomy continuum.

Journal rubric: General Psychology

Article type: review article


For citation: Klein K.G. Perceived locus of causality: theoretical significance and the problem of measurement [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2021. Vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 125–131. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2021100112. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Konstantin G. Klein, Research Assistant, International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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