- Self-efficacy, personal goals, social comparison and scientific productivity.
- Applied Psychology
- Volume | Issue number
- 51 | 4
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
Investigated the extent to which perceived self-efficacy, personal goals, and upward comparison predict the scientific productivity of academic staff members. 123 academic staff employed at different Dutch universities answered written questions about their judgment of self-efficacy in the area of research, about the direction of comparison with colleagues (upward, lateral, or downward), and the goals that were pursued. The scientific productivity was determined using the scientific reports. The scientific publications in the 3 yrs preceding the answering of the questions functioned as a measure for prior publications, and those in the 2nd yr after answering the questions functioned as a measure for future publications. Results show that prior publications contributed to self-efficacy and the goals that are pursued. Moreover, the results show that percepts of self-efficacy and upward comparison contributed to personal goals and that these goals predicted future publications. The results are related to the theories of perceived self-efficacy, upward comparison, and abstract modeling.
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