Confirmatory factor analysis of the General Self-Efficacy Scale

Behav Res Ther. 1998 Mar;36(3):339-43. doi: 10.1016/s0005-7967(98)00025-4.


A confirmatory factor analysis of the factor structure of the adapted General Self-Efficacy Scale, created by Sherer et al. (1982) [Psychological Reports, 51, 663-671], was conducted to assess whether the scale's purported 3 factors emerged. The results generally supported the 3-factor model, but a model with 3 correlated factors and one higher-order factor (general self-efficacy) proved to fit the data even better.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging / psychology*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Assessment / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychometrics
  • Self Concept*