Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 1–10

Generalized expectancies for problem solving and psychotherapy

  • Julian B. Rotter

DOI: 10.1007/BF01172508

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Rotter, J.B. Cogn Ther Res (1978) 2: 1. doi:10.1007/BF01172508


One variable in social learning theory which relates to the general problem of adjustment is generalized expectancies for problem solving. In conducting psychotherapy it can be useful for many clients for the therapist to teach and encourage selected expectancies of this kind. The place of generalized expectancies for problem solving within social learning theory is described, and examples for increasing internal control, looking for alternatives, interpersonal trust, understanding the motives of others, long-term planning, and discriminating differences in psychological situations, in the context of psychotherapy, are briefly described.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Julian B. Rotter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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