Measuring Desire for Control
In the summer of 1978, while driving north on Interstate 99 just past Bakersfield, it dawned on me that the topics in psychology that interested me the most at the time—learned helplessness, attributions, social influence, and others—all had something to do with the issue of personal control. Because I had often reflected on my own high need for control, I speculated about the role this individual difference variable might play in many of these areas. Before reaching Fresno I had definite plans to investigate individual differences in the extent to which people prefer to control the events in their lives. I was quite eager to begin searching through the available personality scales and decide which of the need for control tests best matched the construct as I conceptualized it and would best meet my research needs.
KeywordsTest Taker Sensation Seek Control Scale Personality Construct Personality Scale
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