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What is Perceived Control?
What is perceived control?

Somewhere between the conditions of slavery and omnipotence the mass of humanity lives out ordinary lives, each person seeking to master his or her part of the world, and in the course of this developing beliefs about how it works, and who, or what controls the events of life.

Orville G. Brim, Jr. (1974, p. 1)

Perceived control is a powerful construct. Five decades of research have established it as a robust predictor of people's behavior, emotion, motivation, performance, and success and failure in many domains of life (for reviews see Baltes & Baltes, 1986; Brim, 1974; H. Heckhausen, 1991; Lefcourt, 1981, 1983; Peterson, 1980; Strickland, 1989). Perceived control consistently predicts behaviors as diverse as adherence to medical regimes and ...

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