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From The CriticsReviewer: Sara J. Knight, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This text provides a review of theory and research on self-efficacy and its relationship to psychological adaptation and adjustment. It focuses on applications of social cognition in clinical, counseling, and health psychology. The editor and authors are credible experts. Albert Bandura provides a chapter of commentary as a founder of self-efficacy theory. The book is part of a series that addresses the integration of social and clinical psychology.
Purpose: The editor and authors aim to review research and theory on self-efficacy, as it explains psychological adaptation and adjustment. Rather than offering a comprehensive overview, the editor selected applications to illustrate implications of social cognition to clinical, counseling, and health psychology. In its examples, the book draws from clinical research rather than clinical cases.
Audience: The editor suggests that the book will interest both researchers in social cognition and clinical psychologists. Several introductory chapters present the conceptual and empirical basis of self-efficacy theory for the reader unfamiliar with social cognition.
Features: Figures and tables appear in the book, sparingly. These are clear, well-organized, and relevant to the text. The table of contents and index are well organized and useful. The authors cite both original foundation papers and current research. Several prominent theorists in self-efficacy, including Albert Bandura, offer three chapters of commentary on conceptual issues.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference on self-efficacy theory and its applications in clinical, counseling, and health psychology. It is essentially a scholarly and scientific work. Researchers interested in clinical applications of social cognition will find this work a useful review and integration. It may appeal to the scientist practitioner psychologist actively involved in clinical research. As an integration of social and clinical psychology, it represents an important contribution to the literature.