Examining the sources of self-efficacy for physical activity within the sport and exercise domains

Ashley Samson, Melinda Solmon

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Abstract

Self-efficacy theory is the most prominent sub-theory stemming from Bandura's social cognitive theory (1986). The theory posits that people will be more likely to engage in behaviors they believe they can successfully perform and avoid behaviors in which they feel they will be unsuccessful. Self-efficacy perceptions help to shape individuals' efforts, affective experiences, and enjoyment of physical activities, particularly at higher intensities. The purpose of this literature review is to synthesize the current literature on self-efficacy for physical activity within the sport and exercise domains, focusing on the mechanisms through which selfefficacy perceptions are derived and concluding with a summary of positive and negative aspects of the literature and suggestions for avenues of further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-89
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Exercise
  • Motivation
  • Physical activity
  • Self-efficacy
  • Sport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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