The research reported in this article was supported by grants from the Grant Foundation and the Spencer Foundation to Albert Bandura, and from the Ministero dell'Instruzione dell'Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) to Gian Vittorio Caprara (COFIN 1998, 2000) and to Eugenia Scabini (COFIN 2000).
Impact of Family Efficacy Beliefs on Quality of Family Functioning and Satisfaction with Family Life
Article first published online: 3 APR 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Applied Psychology: An International Review © 2011 International Association of Applied Psychology
Volume 60, Issue 3, pages 421–448, July 2011
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Bandura, A., Caprara, G. V., Barbaranelli, C., Regalia, C. and Scabini, E. (2011), Impact of Family Efficacy Beliefs on Quality of Family Functioning and Satisfaction with Family Life. Applied Psychology:An International Review, 60: 421–448. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-0597.2010.00442.x
- Issue published online: 18 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 3 APR 2011
The present study tested with 142 families a structural model of the interplay of perceived dyadic and collective forms of efficacy within the interdependent family system, and how these different forms of efficacy are structurally related to quality of family functioning and satisfaction with family life. Dyadic parent–child efficacy, dyadic spousal efficacy, and filial efficacy were linked to family satisfaction through the mediating impact of collective family efficacy. A high sense of collective family efficacy was accompanied by open family communication and candid disclosure by adolescents of their activities outside the home. Collective family efficacy contributed to parents' and adolescents' satisfaction with their family life both directly and through its impact on quality of family functioning. An alternative structural model in which quality of family functioning affects the different forms of perceived family efficacy and family satisfaction provided a poorer fit to the data.