Self-efficacy: a cause of debate

Hawkins, Russell M.F. (1995) Self-efficacy: a cause of debate. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 26 (3). pp. 235-240.

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In response to a paper (Hawkins, 1992) arguing that self-efficacy is a predictor but not a cause of behavior, Bandura (1995) has raised a series of counter arguments. None of these counter arguments seem sufficient to retreat from the claim that self-efficacy is not a true cause of behavior. The present paper reaffirms the position that self-efficacy is a useful concept when used as a descriptive metaphor. Examples from applied psychology are raised to justify this position. Discourse analysis is introduced as one approach which is able to circumvent the debate about the reality or nonreality of mental entities.

Item ID: 50083
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-7943
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2018 03:12
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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