E. L. Usher, T. Urdan

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Self-efficacy refers to the beliefs individuals hold about their capabilities to carry out the specific tasks they undertake in their lives (. Bandura, 1977). A belief in one's efficacy typically leads to successful action; a doubt typically leads to failure or inaction. Individuals form their efficacy beliefs by interpreting direct and vicarious experiences, social evaluations from others, and their own physiological and affective arousal when undertaking a task. Personal efficacy beliefs have been shown to guide human action, thought, motivation, and affect in diverse domains of functioning, such as education, health, and the workplace.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780123970459
StatePublished - 2016

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  • Bandura
  • Beliefs
  • Motivation
  • Perceived competence
  • Self
  • Self-beliefs
  • Self-concept
  • Self-efficacy
  • Self-perceptions
  • Self-regulation
  • Social cognitive theory
  • Sources of self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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