Self-efficacy : The Exercise of Control, Paperback Book

Self-efficacy : The Exercise of Control Paperback

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This volume is the result of over 20 years of psychological research by the author.

It argues that those with high self-efficacy expectancies (the belief that one can achieve what one sets out to achieve) are healthier, more effective, and generally more successful than those with low self-efficacy expectancies.

After a discussion of what self-efficacy is and where it comes from, the text discusses how belief in one's abilities affects developmental, mental functioning, and health; as well as its applications to the areas of psychopathology, athletics, business, and international issues.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592 pages, 59 illustrations
  • 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.