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  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Albert Bandura's 1997 social learning theory contains the concept of self-efficacy, which is the self-perception that one can perform in ways that allow some control over life events. More specifically, self-efficacy determines one's perception that he or she can produce desired results. Self-efficacy forms the foundation of human agencypeople's willand is located in one's self-perception. Self-efficacy can be described in terms of magnitude and generality. Self-efficacy differs in the magnitude of the level of perceived difficulty of the task; the more difficult the task completed, ...

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