Framing, Confessing, Self-efficacy, and Healing

Robert A. Scott

in Miracle Cures

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520262751
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946200 | DOI:
Framing, Confessing, Self-efficacy, and Healing

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This chapter argues that self-efficacy works in concert with other factors to regulate lifestyle habits that directly affect health. Exposure to the same stressors without the perceived or actual ability to control them can impair immune function. Epidemiological results show that an actual or perceived lack of control over environmental stressors increases susceptibility to bacterial and viral infections, contributes to the development of physical disorders, and accelerates the progression of a disease. In addition, when one is unable to control adverse events, further complications ensue. This distress in turn affects the immune system in ways that increase the susceptibility to illness. It appears that enhanced feelings of self-efficacy actually boost the immune system's ability to ward off infections and fight disease, and a diminished sense of self-efficacy increases the body's susceptibility to disease.

Keywords: self-efficacy; health; stressors; immune function; infections; physical disorders; disease; immune system; illness

Chapter.  6047 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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