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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 ...

What are the Future Research Issues in Perceived Control?
What are the future research issues in perceived control?

What is there to look forward to in the research on perceived control? For developmentalists, two frontiers for research on control seem particularly promising. They focus on mechanisms and integration. Mechanisms reflect the “microscope” of control; on this frontier will be the discovery of explanations, the analysis of the pathways of causal influence that underlie the robust correlations and successful manipulations of control research. In contrast, integration is the “telescope” of work on perceived control; on this frontier will be the search for theories and constructs that define the limits of perceived control. This work will include the synthesis of complementary and synergistic sources of motivation.

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