Adolescents' beliefs in their personal control affects their psychological well-being and the direction of their lives. Self-Efficacy in Changing Societies analyzes the diverse ways in which beliefs of personal efficacy operate within a network of sociocultural influences to shape life paths. The chapters, written by internationally known experts, cover such concepts as infancy and personal agency, competency through the life span, the role of family, and cross-cultural factors.
'Albert Bandura is justifiably viewed as the originator of self-efficacy, a construct that now rightfully involves numerous investigators who operate in different areas ... Self-Efficacy in Changing Societies is a winner.' Norman Garmezy, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota