Physical activity determinants: A social cognitive approach

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This paper presents Bandura’s social cognitive theory as a utilitarian framework to study the determinants of physical activity. I provide an overview of social cognitive theory assumptions and stress the importance of studying self-efficacy in concert with other key cognitive processes. Research addressing when there is a cognitive-behavioral relationship is identified. The paper concludes with the practical implications of social cognitive theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1395-1399
Number of pages5
JournalMedicine and science in sports and exercise
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitude
  • Outcome expectations
  • Self-efficacy
  • Self-regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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