Physical activity determinants: a social cognitive approach

Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1994 Nov;26(11):1395-9.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans