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Definition of Self-Efficacy


Definition: Self-efficacy is the belief in one's own ability to perform well. During the tween years, self-efficacy plays a particularly important role since tweens face a number of new challenges, especially in the classroom. Self-efficacy is a key factor in resilience:  tweens who believe they can succeed are more likely to bounce back and try again after facing a setback. As such, it's important for parents and teachers to encourage self-efficacious beliefs in tweens. 

This term was originally defined by psychologist Albert Bandura.

Related concepts: Self-esteem, self-concept


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