A physical self-efficacy scale for children

Dario Colella1, Milena Morano1, Laura Bortoli2, Claudio Robazza2
1Università di Foggia, Italy
2Università di Chieti, Italy
Cite this article:  Colella, D., Morano, M., Bortoli, L., & Robazza, C. (2008). A physical self-efficacy scale for children. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 36(6), 841-848.

Volume 36 Issue 6 | e1758 | Published: July 2008 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2008.36.6.841

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The purpose of the study was to develop a physical self-efficacy scale to assess children’s perception of personal strength, speed, and coordinative abilities. A 6-item scale, titled Perceived Physical Ability Scale for Children, was presented to a sample of 1914 children, 997 girls and 917 boys, ranging in age from 8 to 10 years, drawn from 15 elementary schools representing different regions of Italy. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses of the data provided support for the internal validity and reliability of a single factor structure of the scale across sex and age categories. It is argued that the scale can be used for both research and applied purposes.

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