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Chapter 9: How Do Individual Differences in Perceived Control Develop?

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How Do Individual Differences in Perceived Control Develop?
How do individual differences in perceived control develop?

For most researchers interested in individual differences, the only developmental question that matters is, “Where did these individual differences come from?” If one assumes that after individual differences emerge, they crystallize and remain stable, then no more developmental issues need be explored. If, however, one assumes, as I do, that perceived control is a set of beliefs that not only guides action but also is open to revision based on experience and its interpretation, then stability, even if found empirically, must itself be explained. Hence, for developmentalists, the interesting question is, “Where do differences in these individual trajectories, in these patterns of change over time, come from?” (see Baltes, Reese, ...

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