I ncreasing perceived control in nursing homes: ppl are often placed in long term care facilities against their wishes, and have little say in what they do, whom they see, or what they eat. Disease, control, and well- being: link b/w perceived control and distress is stronger in western cultures than in asian cultures, less of a relationship b/w perceived control and psychological distress among. Asians: danger in exaggeration the relationship b/w perceived control and physical health, researchers have found that even when ppl who are seriously ill w/ cancer or. Explaining negative events: learned helplessness: learned helplessness: state of pessimism that results from explaining a negative event as stemming from stable, internal, and global factors, e. g. student b gets poor grades on first calculus test, says to himself. Wow, i guess i can"t really cut it. Coping with stress: coping styles: ways in which ppl react to stressful events.