Date of Award

7-27-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Alyson L. Burns-Glover, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Daniel S. McKitrick, Ph.D.

Abstract

Self-efficacy is a construct that describes how confident people believe they are or how much control they believe they have in their ability to reach a goal or accomplish a task (Bandura, 1997). Self-concept describes what you know and understand about yourself in terms of your thoughts and feelings (Choi, 2005). Both constructs are influential in terms of task choice, performance, effort, and perseverance (Bandura, 1997; Reynolds, 1988). High levels of self-efficacy are reliable predictors of academic achievement (Bandura, Barbaranelli, Caprara & Pastorelli, 1996); self-concept is also thought to be a reliable predictor of the same. The study described in this thesis assesses the relationships between among self-efficacy, self-concept and academic performance as measured by grade point average. A model using three measures of these constructs was found to be a significant predictor of grade point average for college students. Implications and limitations are discussed.

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