At-Risk Boys' Social Self-Efficacy and Physical Activity Self-Efficacy in a Summer Sports Camp Academic Article uri icon


  • This study examined at-risk boys social self-efficacy and physical activity self-efficacy within Banduras self-efficacy framework. A total of 97 boys, aged between 10 and 13 years, attending a summer sports camp completed questionnaires assessing their social self-efficacy, physical activity self-efficacy, prosocial behaviors, and effort. Results indicated that social self-efficacy and physical activity self-efficacy were clearly distinguishable. However, the two constructs had a strong positive correlation. Both social self-efficacy and physical activity self-efficacy predicted prosocial behaviors significantly, with social self-efficacy having a stronger predictive power. Physical activity self-efficacy was a better predictor of effort than social self-efficacy. This study provides initial empirical evidence supporting Banduras conceptualization of the domain-specific features and predictive power of self-efficacy in a summer sports camp setting, and thus enables a better understanding of the nature and effects of self-efficacy.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Su, X., Xiang, P., McBride, R. E., Liu, J., & Thornton, M. A.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Su, Xiaoxia||Xiang, Ping||McBride, Ron E||Liu, Jiling||Thornton, Michael A

publication date

  • April 2016