Self Efficacy : The Exercise of Control, Paperback Book

Self Efficacy : The Exercise of Control Paperback

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The renowned psychologist Albert Bandura's theory is that those with high self-efficacy expectancies (the belief that one can achieve what one sets out to do) are healthier, more effective and generally more successful than those with low self-efficacy expectancies.

The author begins with a discussion of theory and method and then examines how belief in one's abilities affects development, mental functioning and health, with examples from the areas of psychopathology, athletics, business and international issues.

The book is ideal for upper-level courses in social, developmental, clinical or organizational psychology as well as business, education, counselling and political science.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592 pages, 592 p.
  • Publisher: W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Child & developmental psychology
  • ISBN: 9780716728504



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Bandura sets out his highly influential theory of human motivation in this weighty tome. I'm working on this for my PhD thesis and I think this book is a must-have for anyone needing to understand Bandura's theory. I would suggest some edits for future editions-the subject index at the back leaves a lot to be desired ... or indexed :-) and Bandura does not use some of his terminology consistently (social persuasion and verbal persuasion)-but overall, it's a thorough exposition of his theory.