Dispositional and task-specific social-cognitive determinants of physical effort perseverance

Gershon Tenenbaum, Ronnie Lidor, Noah Lavyan, Kieran Morrow, Shirley Tonnel, Aaron Gershgoren

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The authors performed 3 studies to investigate the effects of social-cognitive variables on physical effort perseverance. Linear hierarchical regressions indicated that task-specific variables and perceived ability or competence accounted for the majority of perseverance variance in all 3 studies. The strongest single predictors in this cluster of variables were perceived competence, confidence, and readiness to invest effort. Physical self-health and ability accounted for a lesser portion of effort perseverance variance, with self-presentation confidence being the major single predictor in this cluster. The goal orientation cluster accounted for the least amount of effort perseverance variance. Together with task-specific confidence and the readiness to invest effort, as well as determination and commitment and competence, the findings support the contention that task-specific efficacious beliefs to a large extent determine persistence and endurance behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-158
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Commitment and determination
  • Competence
  • Effort
  • Goal orientation
  • Health
  • Self-perception


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