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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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Control Strategies for Managing Physical Health Problems in Old Age

Control Strategies for Managing Physical Health Problems in Old Age

Evidence for the Motivational Theory of Life Span Development

(p.281) 12 Control Strategies for Managing Physical Health Problems in Old Age
Perceived Control

Meaghan Barlow

Carsten Wrosch

Jutta Heckhausen

Richard Schulz

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses how older adults manage the occurrence of physical health threats. Based on the motivational theory of life span development (MTD), the authors show how an opportunity-adjusted use of control strategies prevents older adults from experiencing the adverse psychological and physical consequences of confronting age-related declines in their physical health. They begin the chapter by outlining some of the basic theoretical assumptions of the motivational theory of life span development, proposing a model for managing physical health threats in older adulthood. Next, they review the empirical literature on the effects of using control strategies for addressing physical health declines in the elderly. The authors then suggest promising avenues for future research.

Keywords:   aging, control, physical disease, goal engagement, goal disengagement

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