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Development and validation of a measure of cognitive and behavioural social self-efficacy


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Grieve, R, Witteveen, K, Tolan, GA and Jacobson, B , 'Development and validation of a measure of cognitive and behavioural social self-efficacy' , Personality and Individual Differences, vol. in pre , doi:

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Although social self-efficacy appears influential across a broad spectrum of human behaviour, existing
adult measures of social self-efficacy have conceptual and psychometric limitations. The current research
brought together the realms of trait social intelligence and self-efficacy to develop and evaluate a measure
of social self-efficacy which for the first time included assessment of cognitive domains of social selfefficacy.
Items were administered to 301 participants, along with measures of general self-efficacy, subjective
wellbeing, social anxiety, depression, general anxiety, and stress. An exploratory factor analysis
(Maximum Likelihood with Direct Oblimin extraction) revealed two interpretable factors that were
labeled ‘‘Social Understanding Self-efficacy’’ (cognitive) and ‘‘Social Skill Self-efficacy’’ (behavioural). Construct
and criterion validity were evident and internal consistency and test–retest reliability were good. It
was concluded that the new 18-item measure has sound psychometric properties. As such, this measure
may serve as a meaningful tool for researchers and clinicians. While theoretical and empirical frameworks
informed the current research, given the exploratory nature of this study, future research should
further investigate the psychometric properties of this measure using confirmatory factor analysis and by
examining the predictive validity of this measure in a clinical context.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Grieve, R and Witteveen, K and Tolan, GA and Jacobson, B
Keywords: Social self-efficacy Cognitive social self-efficacy Behavioural social self-efficacy Social intelligence Psychometrics Scale Development and Validation
Journal or Publication Title: Personality and Individual Differences
ISSN: 0191-8869
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