Behavioral Research

Table of Contents
1 Description, Theoretical Background, and History
2 Components of Personal Control
3 The Role of Control in Health Behavior Theories
4 Measures and Measurements
5

References

6 Published Examples

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Other Constructs
 

Barriers

 

Dispositional Optimism

 

Environments

 

Illness Representations

  Implementation Intentions
  Intention, Expectation, and Willingness
  Normative Beliefs
  Optimistic Bias
  Perceived Benefits
  Perceived Control
  Perceived Severity
  Perceived Vulnerability
  Self-Efficacy
  Self-Reported Behavior
  Social Influence
  Social Support
  Stages
  Worry

Perceived Control
Suzanne C. Thompson and Michèle M. Schlehofer

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