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  1. Albert Bandura

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0836

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Bandura, A. 2010. Self-Efficacy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Stanford University

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Perceived self-efficacy is concerned with people's beliefs in their ability to influence events that affect their lives. This core belief is the foundation of human motivation, performance accomplishments, and emotional well-being (Bandura, 1997, 2006). Unless people believe they can produce desired effects by their actions, they have little incentive to undertake activities or to persevere in the face of difficulties. Whatever other factors may serve as guides and motivators, they are rooted in the core belief that one can make a difference by one's actions.


  • competence;
  • emotional well-being;
  • mastery;
  • motivation;
  • self-efficacy