Perceived Control, Motivation, & Coping

Perceived Control, Motivation, & Coping

by Ellen A. Skinner
     
 

ISBN-10: 080395560X

ISBN-13: 9780803955608

Pub. Date: 02/14/1995

Publisher: SAGE Publications

At every point in the lifespan, individual difference and a sense of control are strong predictors of motivation, coping, and 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…  See more details below

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At every point in the lifespan, individual difference and a sense of control are strong predictors of motivation, coping, and 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. It also 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 people in uncontrollable circumstances. Written at a level appropriate for upper-division undergraduates, the book can serve as a supplement to the social and personality development course as well as a core text for motivation, educational psychology, or clinical courses at the graduate level.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803955608
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
02/14/1995
Series:
Individual Differences and Development Series, #8
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
IMeta-Theoretical Assumptions
1What Is Perceived Control?3
2What Is the Need for Competence?8
IIConstructs of Control
3Are All Perceived Control Constructs the Same?19
4Who Needs a New Conceptualization of Perceived Control?29
IIIAntecedents of Perceived Control
5What Are the Origins of Perceived Control?45
6How Do Social Contexts Promote and Undermine Control?54
IVConsequences of Perceived Control
7Why Does Perceived Control Predict Everything?67
8How Does Perceived Control Work During Times of Stress?78
VDevelopment of Perceived Control
9How Do Individual Differences in Perceived Control Develop?95
10How Does Perceived Control Change With Age?108
VIIntervention Into the Competence System
11Is More Control Better?127
12What Are the Dangers of Intervening Into the Competence System?138
VIIEmpirical Study of Perceived Control
13How Do I Decide Whether to Include Perceived Control in My Research?155
14What Are the Future Research Issues in Perceived Control?168
Appendix277
References185
Author Index204
Subject Index209
About the Author213

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