Development of an instrument for assessing self-efficacy in schizophrenic spectrum disorders

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Self efficacy constructs recently have been incorporated into a model of social functioning for schizophrenics. This model proposes that sell-efficacy mediates patients' coping efforts. To assess this hypothesis accurately, it is critical to have a scale that measures self-efficacy reliably and validly. Such a scale was developed in this research, which used two independent samples of schizophrenic-spectrum patients. Results indicate that this scale is both valid and reliable. The data support the validity of two underlying subscales, one that measures positive symptom self-efficacy and one that measures negative symptom/social interaction self-efficacy. Future directions of psychosocial constructs in schizophrenic-symptom development are discussed, including the need for concurrent tracking of symptom development and self efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-331
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology


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