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What are the Origins of Perceived Control?
What are the origins of perceived control?

Children construct their beliefs about control cumulatively, through interactions with the environment in which interesting and important outcomes are at stake. When does this process start, and how does it work? The meta-theoretical assumption of an innate need suggests that it starts at birth. As described by Gurin and Brim (1984):

Through interacting with the world the infant early on begins to grasp understanding of causality and at the same time develops good feelings about the self. Both occur together as the infant has effects on the world. In those moments when the infant tries to make interesting experiences continue, one of life's critical dramas takes place. During this drama the infant's earlier ...

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