Toward a Psychology of Human Agency

  title={Toward a Psychology of Human Agency},
  author={A. Bandura},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  pages={164 - 180}
  • A. Bandura
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • Psychology
  • Perspectives on Psychological Science
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