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Chapter 6: How Do Social Contexts Promote and Undermine Control?

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How Do Social Contexts Promote and Undermine Control?
How do social contexts promote and undermine control?

Although contexts don't “give” children or adults control, they can provide opportunities for people to exercise control. Or, too often, they can discourage or prevent individuals from experiencing control. Ways in which the social context promotes and undermines control have been studied in both experimental and naturalistic settings of child-rearing, teaching, coaching, medicine, marriage, management, coping, retirement, and caring for institutionalized elderly. Studies examine the effects of interpersonal contingencies, such as parental responsiveness, teacher performance feedback, or support from institutional caregivers, as well as task parameters, such as failure feedback, workload, difficulty level, or noncontingency. What does this research reveal about the social contexts of control? Are there certain necessary ...

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