Self-efficacy is the belief that you can effectively reach the goals you have, whether that is solving a puzzle, successfully preparing and succeeding in your exam, or dealing with hardships. Self-efficacy is often considered in respect to specific goals or challenges. The generalized self-efficacy scale is about the general belief in oneself to solve problems and reach goals. The GSE is one of the best-known scales.
* Assesses optimistic self-beliefs to cope with a variety of difficult demands in life.
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