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Togetherness and the Belief in Oneself : Investigating Self-Efficacy within the Context of Community Resilience

Langermann, A. (2023) Togetherness and the Belief in Oneself : Investigating Self-Efficacy within the Context of Community Resilience.

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Abstract:Community resilience describes the support and facilitating effects individuals experience if they are part of a community. It is not established which individual constructs influence the perception of community resilience. This study investigated the relationship between community resilience and self-efficacy within a university setting by answering the research question: “Is there a difference in the levels of perceived community resilience between University of Twente (UT) students with low and high levels of perceived self-efficacy?”. An online survey containing the Transcultural-Community Resilience Scale and General Self-Efficacy Scale was conducted with 90 UT students. Based on their General Self-Efficacy Scale scores, participants were split into a low and high self-efficacy group and their community resilience levels were compared using a t-test. A significant difference between the community resilience levels of the two groups was found, which indicated that UT students with low levels of self-efficacy perceive significantly lower community resilience levels. Self-efficacy was therefore determined to be a relevant individual construct in relation to community resilience. These findings imply that the promotion of self-efficacy is a potential way to indirectly increase community resilience among students. Moreover, individual self-efficacy should be considered more thoroughly for the conceptualisation of community resilience.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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