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Perceived Control: Theory, Research, and Practice in the First 50 Years

John W. Reich and Frank J. Infurna


The concept of “locus of control” is one of the most influential concepts in all of psychological science and practice. Initially proposed by Julian Rotter in 1966, the year 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of his remarkable publication, “Generalized Expectancies for Internal versus External Control of Reinforcement.” As Perceived Control attests, Rotter’s concept continues to thrive, which bodes well for continuing its influence for another 50 years or more. Perceived Control commemorates this half-century anniversary by presenting contributions from leading figures, some of whom were there “a ... More

Keywords: locus of control, Julian Rotter, control, self-efficacy, personal mastery, primary control, secondary control

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190257040
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257040.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John W. Reich, editor
Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University

Frank J. Infurna, editor
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University

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1 Perceived Control

Frank J. Infurna and John W. Reich

6 Perceived Control and Mindfulness

Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi and Ellen J. Langer

7 Foundations of Locus of Control

Stephen Nowicki and Marshall P. Duke

8 Three Generations of Research on Perceived Control

Patricia Frazier, Howard Tennen, and Liza Meredith

9 Perceived Control and Behavior Change

Stephanie A. Robinson and Margie E. Lachman

10 Perceived Control and Depression

Liza M. Rubenstein, Lauren B. Alloy, and Lyn Y. Abramson

12 Control Strategies for Managing Physical Health Problems in Old Age

Meaghan Barlow, Carsten Wrosch, Jutta Heckhausen, and Richard Schulz

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