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Construct Name: Self-efficacy
Definition of Construct: The belief in one's capabilities to perform the behaviors required to produce the desired outcome.

Examples: 1. judgments of how well one can execute courses of action required to deal with prospective situations (Bandura, 1982, p. 122); 2. people's judgements of their capabilities to organize and execute courses of action required to attain designated types of performances. It is concerned not with the skills one has but with judgments of what one can do with whatever skills one possesses; 3. beliefs in one's capabilities to organize and execute the courses of action required to produce given attainments (Bandura, 1997, p. 3); 4. Beliefs about personal ability to perform behaviors that bring desired outcomes (McAlister et al., 2008. p. 171); 5. Overall measure of ability to perform behavior (Montano & Kasprzyk, 2008, p. 75).

Scales are different depending on the behavioral domain (e.g., physical activity, reducing sugar-sweetened beverages, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption).

For an example, see Wilson KE, Harden SM, Almeida FA, You W, Hill JL, Goessl C, Estabrooks PA. Brief self-efficacy scales for use in weight-loss trials: Preliminary evidence of validity. Psychol Assess 2016;28:1255-64.

See related measures on GEM:
Nutrition Self-Efficacy Scale
Related Content Area(s):
  • Psychosocial
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(Last Updated: 3/20/2018 4:11:52 PM by Elise Rice)


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