Research Articles > Self- Efficacy (What it is and Why it Matters)


Self efficacy can best be summed up in the phrase, “Whether I think I can or think I can’t, I’m right” Or “We are what we think.”  

But the technical definition, as quoted from Albert Bandura is: “Self-efficacy is defined as people's beliefs about their perceived capabilities to attain designated types of performances and achieve specific results. Self-efficacy beliefs determine how people feel, think, motivate themselves and behave.” 
 
Wow, that’s alot. So what we believe about ourselves defines and creates our reality. Self-efficacy matters when we are raising a child with CF. 
 
Kids with high self-efficacy 
         Work harder at medical compliance
         Are more optimistic and hopeful
         Are physically and emotionally healthier
 
Sources of self-efficacy beliefs according to Bandura: 
         Mastery experiences
         Vicarious experience (modeling)
         Social (verbal) persuasions
         Physiological states