Perceived Control, Motivation, & Coping

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Overview

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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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
I Meta-Theoretical Assumptions
1 What Is Perceived Control? 3
2 What Is the Need for Competence? 8
II Constructs of Control
3 Are All Perceived Control Constructs the Same? 19
4 Who Needs a New Conceptualization of Perceived Control? 29
III Antecedents of Perceived Control
5 What Are the Origins of Perceived Control? 45
6 How Do Social Contexts Promote and Undermine Control? 54
IV Consequences of Perceived Control
7 Why Does Perceived Control Predict Everything? 67
8 How Does Perceived Control Work During Times of Stress? 78
V Development of Perceived Control
9 How Do Individual Differences in Perceived Control Develop? 95
10 How Does Perceived Control Change With Age? 108
VI Intervention Into the Competence System
11 Is More Control Better? 127
12 What Are the Dangers of Intervening Into the Competence System? 138
VII Empirical Study of Perceived Control
13 How Do I Decide Whether to Include Perceived Control in My Research? 155
14 What Are the Future Research Issues in Perceived Control? 168
Appendix 277
References 185
Author Index 204
Subject Index 209
About the Author 213
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