A Sociocognitive Analysis of Substance Abuse: An Agentic Perspective

  title={A Sociocognitive Analysis of Substance Abuse: An Agentic Perspective},
  author={A. Bandura},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={214 - 217}
  • A. Bandura
  • Published 1 May 1999
  • Psychology
  • Psychological Science
This article presents a social-cognitive theory of substance abuse. The exercise of self-regulatory agency plays a central role in this approach. Perceived self-efficacy is the foundation of human agency. Unless people believe they can produce desired effects by their actions, they have little incentive to act. Self-efficacy beliefs promote desired changes through cognitive, motivational, affective, and choice processes. Perceived self-efficacy exerts its effects on every phase of personal… 

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