The Scientific World Journal

The Scientific World Journal / 2009 / Article

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Volume 9 |Article ID 830653 |

Paul Posadzki, Nel Glass, "Self-Efficacy and the Sense of Coherence: Narrative Review and a Conceptual Synthesis", The Scientific World Journal, vol. 9, Article ID 830653, 10 pages, 2009.

Self-Efficacy and the Sense of Coherence: Narrative Review and a Conceptual Synthesis

Academic Editor: Verity J. Brown
Received03 Mar 2009
Revised27 Aug 2009
Accepted27 Aug 2009


In this study, the authors develop an exploratory synthesis of two major health concepts: Antonovsky's sense of coherence and Bandura's beliefs in one's own efficacy. Reinterpretation of each study in the light of the other can lead to greater conceptual development and expand existing knowledge. The mutual themes are presented with an explanation of their contribution to broader conceptual discussions. The existence of some similarities between the two concepts is suggested. Researchers can obtain valuable and additional arguments through cross-fertilization of ideas across presented studies united by shared assumptions. Further research is recommended among various age groups and social backgrounds in order to verify the possible benefits of such theoretical development. Theoretical and practical implications of such a synthesis are presented.

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