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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 and Behavior Change

Perceived Control and Behavior Change

A Personalized Approach

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Perceived Control

Stephanie A. Robinson

Margie E. Lachman

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the key lines of inquiry on locus of control in relation to aging and health and considers the applied implications. Correlates of control beliefs, such as age, sex, socioeconomic status (SES), race, culture, health, and well-being, are discussed. The chapter examines the nature of changes in control beliefs over the life course and in response to interventions designed to maintain or optimize the sense of control. This perspective addresses the maintenance or enhancement of perceived control, especially in the context of constraints and losses encountered at different points in the life span. It is suggested that the next frontier for this line of work is to develop personalized interventions that take into account beliefs about control to foster adaptive behavior change.

Keywords:   locus of control, sense of control, perceived control, control beliefs, interventions, aging, behavior change, personalized approach

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