Causal uncertainty and psychological well-being: The moderating role of accommodation (secondary control)

Tobin, Stephanie J. and Raymundo, Melissa M. (2010) Causal uncertainty and psychological well-being: The moderating role of accommodation (secondary control). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36 3: 371-383. doi:10.1177/0146167209359701


Author Tobin, Stephanie J.
Raymundo, Melissa M.
Title Causal uncertainty and psychological well-being: The moderating role of accommodation (secondary control)
Journal name Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0146-1672
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0146167209359701
Volume 36
Issue 3
Start page 371
End page 383
Total pages 13
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Causal uncertainty about one’s own outcomes (CU-Own) is associated with negative affect, depression, and a lack of perceived primary control. We predicted that accommodation, or secondary control, would act as a psychological buffer for high–CUOwn individuals, reducing negative affect and depression. We tested this hypothesis in two studies: one cross-sectional (Study 1) and one longitudinal (Study 2). Participants completed measures of CU-Own, harmony control, and depression in Study 1 and measures of CU-Own, harmony control, flexible goal adjustment, and negative affect in Study 2. Analyses reveal that the CUOwn- depression and CU-Own–negative affect associations were weaker when harmony control or flexible goal adjustment was high. Additional analyses in Studies 1 and 2 examined the roles played by primary control, locus of control, optimism, pessimism, and causal importance. Implications for the CU and accommodation literatures are discussed.
Keyword Causal uncertainty
Secondary control
Accommodation
Depression
Negative affect
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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