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A person's estimate or personal judgment of his or her own ability to succeed in reaching a specific goal, for example, quitting smoking or losing weight, or a more general goal, for example, continuing to remain at a prescribed weight level.


Belief that one is capable of accomplishing a behavior or developing a competency.

self-efficacy (selfˈ-eˑ·fi·k·sē),

adj positive subjective assessment of one's ability to cope with a given situation; sense of personal power.


Person's estimate or personal judgment of his or her own ability to succeed in reaching a specific or more general goal.
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Research studies proved that teachers' self-efficacy is directly related to students' academic achievement and overall learning.
Math male teachers' self-efficacy and math female teachers' self-efficacy was also compared on t-test assuming two sample having equal variances.
Measuring Self-Efficacy and Self-Regulation in Online Courses
Self-efficacy, Locus of Control & Life Satisfaction in Northern Ireland, 2016/17 front cover
The concept of self-efficacy, that is, one's conviction in one's ability to manage a task (Bandura, 2012), has gained attention from researchers and practitioners in the mental and psychosocial treatment domains (Bahadori Khosroshahi & Hashemi Nosrat Abad, 2012) because the features of self-efficacy provide a level of internal healing on negative emotions such as depression and loneliness.
This self-affirmation constitutes an important component of Bandura's (1997) social cognitive theory, the self-efficacy belief that we use to exert a measure of control over our environments.
The predictive effect of perceived parental attachment styles on self-efficacy in adolescents was investigated as perceived parental attachment (e.
The connection between self-efficacy and early career retention (Kaiser, 2011) extends the importance of understanding self-efficacy to a national problem within school- based agricultural education (SBAE).
1985), Teacher Self-efficacy Scale developed by Schwarzer & Schmitz (1999) and data collected on teaching experience were used in this study.
Self-efficacy is an important concept of social cognitive theory, which was first proposed by Bandura in 1977 and reflects one's confidence in performing a particular behavior and overcoming barriers to that behavior (Bandura, 1977).
The research, which was published in the March 2016 issue of Social Science and Medicine, suggested that the loss of self-efficacy counteracted the benefits of social support and led to higher rates of depression.
Introduction: Self-efficacy in nurses appears to be of great importance, and is one of the indicators of behaviour