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Psychological Reactance - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121298401, 9781483264899

Psychological Reactance

1st Edition

A Theory of Freedom and Control

Authors: Sharon S. Brehm Jack W. Brehm
eBook ISBN: 9781483264899
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th October 1981
Page Count: 446
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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


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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28th October 1981
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Sharon S. Brehm

Jack W. Brehm

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