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Why Does Perceived Control Predict Everything?
Why does perceived control predict everything?

Control is interesting to social scientists because of its simple appeal to everyday phenomenology and because it works in predicting a wide variety of mental and physical health outcomes. Reviews of constructs like locus of control (Strickland, 1989), self-efficacy (Bandura, 1989), or personal control (Rodin, Timko, & Harris, 1985) list literally dozens of psychological, social, and biological advantages associated with higher perceived control. A better understanding of the current pattern of correlates, as well as predictions in new domains and age groups, requires some specification of the reasons. Simply stated: When, where, how, and why does perceiving control result in adaptive outcomes? Recent research has provided some surprising insights into both the pathways and ...

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