Generational differences and parent-child resemblance in achievement motives and locus of control: A cross-sectional analysis

Recently, there has been increased interest in the role of stable individual differences in so-called personal constructs (e.g. motivation, affect) as determinants of work performance.  This study examines: (1) parent-child resemblance in achievement motivation and locus of control, and (2) generational differences in these variables using the WOFO and I-E scales.  Results offer convincing evidence for the lack of direct relationship between parent achievement motivation and locus of control on child ratings for these scales.  The results are discussed in light of the importance of discovering the antecedents of achievement motivation and locus of control dispositions, especially as they affect behavior in the workplace.