Grounded in social cognitive theory (SCT; Bandura, 1986), self-efficacy refers to one’s ‘beliefs in one’s capability to organize and execute the courses of action required to produce given attainments’(Bandura,1997,p.3). The nature, causes, and consequences of self-efficacy perceptions have been widely studied within sport and exercise psychology; as such, the literature is replete with comprehensive reviews of both the construct and the broader theoretical framework within which it exists (Feltz, Short, & Sullivan, 2008).Accordingly, in this chapter, rather than providing another exhaustive overview of sport- and exercise-based self-fficacy research, we seek to (a) broadly consider the prevalence and significance of ‘agentic’ perceptions— such as self-efficacy—within motivation and behaviour change theories, (b) offer a relatively brief theoretical overview of the construct, and (c) highlight an important, broad issue that requires further research attention in this area.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology|
|Subtitle of host publication||theoretical and methodological concepts|
|Editors||Dieter Hackfort, Robert J. Schinke|
|Place of Publication||NY|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|