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Chapter 4: Who Needs a New Conceptualization of Perceived Control?

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Who Needs a New Conceptualization of Perceived Control?
Who needs a new conceptualization of perceived control?

If major theories of perceived control focus on different parts of the same process, can they then be considered in conjunction in order to examine the competence system as a whole? Is there anything to be gained from a more comprehensive analysis of the entire profile of control-related beliefs? Some researchers think so. Individual differences researchers suggest that interactions among beliefs may be better predictors of performance than single constructs. For example, locus of control for health may moderate the relation between efficacy and health-promoting behaviors (Wallston, 1992). And, developmental researchers point out that different aspects of control may have differential developmental trajectories. For example, beliefs about an internal locus ...

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