Timothy Budden, Ben Jackson, James Dimmock

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationtheoretical and methodological concepts
EditorsDieter Hackfort, Robert J. Schinke
Place of PublicationNY
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-18725-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-73441-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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