Psychological Reactance

Psychological Reactance

A Theory of Freedom and Control

1st Edition - October 28, 1981

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  • Authors: Sharon S. Brehm, Jack W. Brehm
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483264899

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Psychological Reactance: A Theory of Freedom and Control provides information pertinent to the fundamental aspects of reactance theory. This book discusses a number of special topic areas to which the reactance theory seems especially relevant. Organized into five parts encompassing 17 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the relationship between freedom and perceived freedom as conceived by reactance theory. This text then describes the clinical applications, societal problem solutions, and power relations in the real world. Other chapters consider the developmental aspects of reactance. This book discusses as well the reactance theory in a wider theoretical context by examining impression management formulations of the theory and by comparing reactance to other theoretical models whereby the notion of control plays a major role. The final chapter deals with the role of cognitive processes in association with reactance in attitude change phenomena. This book is a valuable resource for social psychologists.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Chapter 1 Introduction: Freedom, Control, and Reactance Theory

    Part I The Theory

    Chapter 2 Freedoms and Threats to Freedoms

    Chapter 3 Determinants of the Magnitude of Reactance: Characteristics of the Freedom

    Chapter 4 Determinants of the Magnitude of Reactance: Characteristics of the Threat

    Chapter 5 Effects of Reactance

    Part II Selected Topics

    Chapter 6 Persuasion and Attitude Change

    Chapter 7 Social Relationships: Social Power, Close Interpersonal Relationships, and Helping

    Chapter 8 Reactance and the Decision-Making Process

    Chapter 9 Individual Differences in Psychological Reactance

    Chapter 10 Reactance Theory and Impression Management Formulations

    Chapter 11 Developmental Aspects of Psychological Reactance

    Chapter 12 Sex Differences in Psychological Reactance

    Part III Applications of the Theory

    Chapter 13 Clinical Applications

    Chapter 14 Social Influence: Social Problems and Consumer Behavior

    Chapter 15 Applications to Formal and Informal Power Relations

    Part IV Control

    Chapter 16 Reactance Theory and Control

    Part V Conclusion

    Chapter 17 Conclusions: Reprise and Future Themes


    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 446
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1981
  • Published: October 28, 1981
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483264899

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Sharon S. Brehm

Jack W. Brehm

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