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How Does Perceived Control Change with Age?
How does perceived control change with age?

Perceived control appears to be a different construct depending on whether it is viewed from an individual differences or a developmental perspective. From an individual differences perspective, the functioning of perceived control seems invariant. From youngest infancy to oldest age, a sense of control is a source of action and satisfaction, and loss of control leads to distress and helplessness. At every point in the life span, individual differences in people's sense of control are found and they have consequences for physical and mental well-being.

In contrast, even a cursory consideration indicates that perceived control functions very differently for infants, young children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. At the very least, at different ...

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