I understand the measurement and importance of locus of control. However, I also wonder how much of these emotional problems could be related to a huge change in our society over this same period of time. Our country has experienced a huge decline in people's belief in a God who has created us and who cares about us and is involved in our daily lives. I know there are many factors in these types of things. But I certainly think that believing that all things work for the good ... is a transforming understanding. And it is a huge cultural loss that this belief has declined with time. I wish I had been raised that way. I could have skipped much pain in my life before she 25.