Desire for Control

Personality, Social and Clinical Perspectives

  • Jerry M. Burger

Part of the The Plenum Series in Social / Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 181-196

About this book


This book is a cumulation of a research program that began in the sum­ mer of 1978, when I was a doctoral student at the University of Missouri. What started as a graduate student' s curiosity about individual differ­ ences in need for personal control led to a personality scale, a few pub­ lications, some additional questions, and additional research. For reasons I no longer recall, I named this personality trait desire for control. One study led to another, and questions by students and colleagues often spurred me to apply desire for control to new areas and new questions. At the same time, researchers around the globe began using the scale and sending me reprints of articles and copies of papers describing work they had done on desire for contro!. In the past decade or so, I have talked or corresponded with dozens of students who have used the scale in their doctoral dissertation and master's thesis research. I have heard of or seen translations of the Desirability of Control Scale into German, Polish, Japanese, and French. There is also a children's version of the scale. I estirnate that there have now been more than a hundred studies conducted on desire for contro!.


Depression Motivation attribution interaction personality well-being

Authors and affiliations

  • Jerry M. Burger
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  1. 1.Santa Clara UniversitySanta ClaraUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-9986-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-9984-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2528
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