Efficacy Beliefs and Human Performance: From Independent Action to Interpersonal Functioning

Mark R. Beauchamp, Ben Jackson and Katie L. Morton

in The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199731763
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Efficacy Beliefs and Human Performance: From Independent Action to Interpersonal Functioning

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The beliefs that people have in their own, others’, and their teams’ capabilities have been extensively studied in the fields of sport and performance psychology. This is perhaps unsurprising, given that these efficacy beliefs have consistently been found to predict a variety of indicators of improved performance, and, importantly, have also been shown to be malleable and thus enhanced through intervention. In this chapter, we provide a conceptual overview of the distinct types of efficacy belief that exist when people ‘perform’ specific tasks within individual, relational, and group settings. In addition, we discuss the sources of these efficacy cognitions, as well as the direct and indirect implications for personal, relational, and group/team performance. We also provide a brief discussion of implications for applied practice, and highlight some important questions for future research in sport and performance psychology.

Keywords: Self-efficacy theory; relational efficacy; role efficacy; tripartite model; collective efficacy; coaching efficacy; sport psychology; performance psychology

Article.  16246 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology

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