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Sources of perceived self-efficacy as predictors of physical activity in older adults


Warner, Lisa M and Schuez, Benjamin and Knittle, Keegan and Ziegelmann, Jochen P and Wurm, Susanne, Sources of perceived self-efficacy as predictors of physical activity in older adults, Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 3, (2) pp. 172-192. ISSN 1758-0854 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1758-0854.2011.01050.x


According to Bandura’s self-efficacy theory, there are four sources of selfefficacy: past experience, vicarious experience, verbal persuasion, and perception of physical states. The aims of the study were twofold: To review previous research on the sources of self-efficacy and to examine the sources in predicting self-efficacy for exercise in older adults. A sample of 309 older adults was assessed at two time points for exercise, exercise-specific self-efficacy, and four sources of self-efficacy. Past experiences, vicarious experiences, and subjective health had significant direct effects on self-efficacy and indirect effects on exercise via self-efficacy. Persuasive arguments did not predict self-efficacy. This suggests that future research should target past experience and vicarious experience as sources of self-efficacy.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:exercise, multimorbidity, objective health, sources of self-efficacy, subjective health
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, Benjamin (Dr Benjamin Schuez)
ID Code:77935
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:31
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2012-06-05
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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