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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 ...

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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