Investigating the possible negative effects of self-efficacy upon golf putting performance

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Objectives:Research has challenged the nature of the reciprocal relationship between self-efficacy and performance. For example, at a within-person level of analysis, Vancouver, Thompson, and Williams (2001) found that performance accomplishments had a strong and positive influence upon subsequent efficacy beliefs; however, self-efficacy had a negative relationship with subsequent performance. The present set of experiments extends this research.Design:Two experiments examine the reciprocal relationship between self-efficacy and learning/performance over time.Method:Novice golfers putted across two conditions that varied in task difficulty.Results:Across both experiments, performance had a significant, strong and positive relationship with subsequent self-efficacy and predicted (at best) 49% of efficacy variance. However, self-efficacy had a weak non-significant negative relationship with subsequent performance in Experiment 1 and in Experiment 2 and only explained (at best) 2.7% of performance variance.Conclusion:The findings reveal that the reciprocal relationship between self-efficacy and performance may not be as strong as previously thought.

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