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Perceived ControlTheory, Research, and Practice in the First 50 Years$
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John W. Reich and Frank J. Infurna

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190257040

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257040.001.0001

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Perceived Control

Perceived Control

50 Years of Innovation and Another 50 to Go

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Perceived Control

Frank J. Infurna

John W. Reich

Oxford University Press

The year 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Julian Rotter’s seminal paper on locus of control that has greatly contributed to psychological science and disciplines beyond that of psychology. In this chapter, the authors provide a broad overview of the chapters collected in this edited volume, focusing on many different components of the construct of perceived control ranging from its early history, developmental of scales pertaining to different components of perceived control, its development across the life span, and its pertinence to interventions. They also focus on important future directions to pursue, including expanded person-by-environment models, aging, perceived control, and longitudinal methodology, and on new models for intervention. In conclusion, the construct of perceived control has been instrumental in furthering our knowledge of psychological processes science across a myriad of disciplines.

Keywords:   locus of control, life span development, person x environment models, longitudinal research, interventions on perceived control

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