chapter  7
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Power Soccer and Self-Efficacy Beliefs

Self-efficacy is an integral part of psychologist Albert Bandura’s social cognitive theory. It refers to the personal belief in one’s ability to take the necessary courses of action to accomplish designated goals. According to Bandura (1977, 1997), it originates from four primary sources: performance accomplishments, vicarious experiences, verbal persuasion, and psychological states. Regardless of how it derives, enhanced self-efficacy “tends to generalize to other situations in which performance was self-debilitated by preoccupation with personal inadequacies” (Bandura, 1977, p. 195).