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What It Measures and Conditions and Test Variations Included in This Summary:

  • GSE measures perceived self-efficacy in adolescents and adults over the age of 12 years. Perceived self-efficacy is an operant construct and is related to subsequent behavior, therefore, is relevant for clinical practice and behavior change. Self-efficacy facilitates goal setting, effort investment, persistence in the face of barriers, and recovery from setbacks.1
  • GSE is a 10-item scale available in 33 languages.
  • GSE has been modified to measure self-efficacy in specific populations and for certain health behaviors including spinal cord injury, arthritis, cancer, cardiac rehabilitation, multiple illness, varied cultures, nutrition choices, physical activity, and alcohol resistance.1,2,3,4,5,6,7
  • GSE is self-administered in pen and paper format.
  • GSE is moderately time efficient compared with similar measures of self-efficacy. 8,9,10
  • GSE appears to be a more useful measurement in individuals with average or below average levels of self-efficacy and less precise in individuals with above-average levels of self-efficacy.10

This summary reviews a questionnaire to measure self-efficacy and contains information on use of it to screen patients or clients in a general clinical setting.

This summary reviews the use of this questionnaire with adolescents and adults in a general clinical setting without regard to a specific diagnosis or health behavior.

ICF Domain(s):             

  • Activity
  • Participation                                                                                   

ICF Categories:

  • Self-Care
  • Major Life Areas

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