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Dynamics in Self-Regulation: Plan Execution Self-Efficacy and Mastery of Action Plans


Scholz, U and Sniehotta, FF and Schuez, BEC and Obeberst, A, Dynamics in Self-Regulation: Plan Execution Self-Efficacy and Mastery of Action Plans, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37, (11) pp. 2706-2725. ISSN 0021-9029 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1559-1816.2007.00277.x


This study investigated whether an individual’s plan execution self-efficacy precedes mastery of the respective action plan or vice versa. Study participants were 122 cardiac rehabilitation patients. Plan execution self-efficacy and mastery of a personal action plan on physical activity were assessed each week for 6 weeks after discharge from rehabilitation. Physical exercise was assessed 2 months after discharge. Multilevel cross-lagged panel analyses resulted in a positive effect of mastery on subsequent self-efficacy, whereas self-efficacy did not predict subsequent mastery at the within-person level. At the between-person level, however, self-efficacy predicted following physical exercise. Thus, the predictive power of self-efficacy was developed in relation to mastery of personal action plans over time. Implications for behavior change interventions are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Schuez, BEC (Dr Benjamin Schuez)
ID Code:74476
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2011-12-02
Last Modified:2012-06-28

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