Global Versus Task-Specific Measures Of Self-Efficacy
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Appl. Sci. Res.
Two studies were conducted in order to reconcile contextualist accounts of self-efficacy with recent evidence supporting its global nature. A correlational analysis (Study 1) indicated that Tipton and Worthington’s (1984) Generalized Self-Efficacy (GSE) Scale was inversely related to Rotter’s Internal-External Locus of Control Scale and Beck’s Hopelessness Scale. In contrast, no discernible pattern of intercorrelations was obtained across six task-specific tests of self-efficacy. A single bipolar factor emerged, however, when the GSE Scale was factor analyzed with task-specific ratings of self-efficacy. Study 2 demonstrated that task-specific, but not GSE scores, were sensitive to actual performance on cognitive tasks. These results were interpreted as evidence for the hypothesis that global and task-specific measures assess relatively distinct aspects of the construct of self-efficacy.
Applied Scientific Research
Wang, Alvin Y. and Richarde, R. Stephen, "Global Versus Task-Specific Measures Of Self-Efficacy" (1988). Faculty Bibliography 1980s. 719.