The objectives of this study were: (1) To Study the impulsivity, locus of control and adjustment of slow learner and normal children. (2) To compare all these variables between these two groups to examine whether any difference exists between these two groups. (3) To study the effect of sex on impulsivity, locus of control and adjustment of students. (4) To study the interaction of sex and type of learner on impulsivity, locus of control and adjustment of students.
The population of this study consisted of IXth class students of Barelly city. The total sample was of 400 students, Out of this, 200 slow learners (111 boys and 89 girls) were selected from different schools. A corresponding sample of 200 (121 boys and 79 girls).
To measure intelligence, locus of control, impulsivity and adjustment following tools were used: General mental ability test by Jalota; Locus of control by Hasnain & Joshi; Impulsivity Scale by Rai & Sharma, and High school Adjustment inventory by Singh & Sen Gupta.
Data were analyzed with the help of analysis of variance followed by post-hoc comparison.
The findings were: (1) Slow learners were more impulsive than normal learner. This means that slow learners acted at the spur of the moment without considering the future consequences. They lacked forethought and planning and carefree and take life easily. (2) Girls were more impulsive than boys. That means girls were more restless, overactive and had relatively short attention span. (3) Type of learners and sex did not have significant interaction effect on impulsivity. It means slow learners boys as well as girls both were more impulsive than normal boys and girls. (4) Normal learners were more internally oriented as compared to slow learners. This means that as compared to slow learners, normal learners believed that out comes of events were controlled by the individualsâ€™ own ability, behavior and efforts. Slow learners, on the other hand, were more likely to attribute success/failure to luck or to some other external factors. (5) Boys as compared to girls were more internally oriented. This implied that girls believed that outcomes of events were not controlled by their own abilities but someone else controlled it. (6) Type of learners and sex did not have significant interaction effect on locus of control. (7) Slow & Normal learners differed from one another in home, health, school, emotional and overall adjustment. (8) Boys and girls differed from one another in schools and emotional areas as well as overall adjustment. (9) Type of learners and sex did not have significant interaction effect on school, home, health, emotional and overall adjustment.
Keyword(s): Impulsivity, Locus of Control, Slow Learner