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

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posted on 2023-05-17, 11:57 authored by Warner, Lisa M, Benjamin SchuezBenjamin Schuez, Knittle, Keegan, Ziegelmann, Jochen P, Wurm, Susanne
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.


Publication title

Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being






School of Psychological Sciences


Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Place of publication

United Kingdom

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Copyright 2011 The International Association of Applied Psychology

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Behaviour and health

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