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At every point in the life span, individual differences in a sense of control are strong predictors of motivation, coping, success, and failure in a wide range of life domains. What are the origins of these individual differences, how do they develop, and what are the mechanisms by which they exert such influence on psychological functioning? This book draws on theories and research covering key control constructs, including self-efficacy, learned helplessness, locus of control, and attribution theory. Ellen A. Skinner discusses such issues as the origins of control in social interactions; environmental features that promote or undermine control; developmental change in the mechanisms by which experiences of control have their effects on action; and the implications for intervening into the competence system, including interventions for ...

How Do I Decide Whether to Include Perceived Control in My Research?
How do I decide whether to include perceived control in my research?

The process of deciding to incorporate perceived control into a research project can be long or short. At its shortest, it consists of a researcher asking an assistant to add a questionnaire to the next assessment battery of an ongoing data collection. At its longest, the process can include a careful consideration of the target phenomenon, the nature of perceived control in a specific domain at a particular developmental level, and the profiles of beliefs and the mechanisms by which they may influence (or be influenced by) target phenomena.

The questions with which one interviews oneself in deciding whether to use perceived control ...

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