Self-efficacy: a predictor but not a cause of behavior

Hawkins, Russell M.F. (1992) Self-efficacy: a predictor but not a cause of behavior. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 23 (4). pp. 251-256.

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The concept of self-efficacy, as expounded by Bandura as part of his Social Cognitive Theory, has made considerable impact in the psychological literature. It is argued that self-efficacy is a useful hypothetical construct for predicting behavior, but it has no valid claim to being a cause of behavior. Claims for self-efficacy as a causal agent have failed to acknowledge that self-efficacy itself is an epi-phenomenon of performance. Conventional learning theory explanations of observed performance levels are shown to be more parsimonious than accounts relying on the concept of self-efficacy.

Item ID: 50094
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-7943
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 22:25
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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