Positivity and Behaviour: The Mediating Role of Self-Efficacy in Organisational and Educational Settings

Barbaranelli, Claudio, Paciello, Marinella, Biagioli, Valentina, Fida, Roberta and Tramontano, Carlo (2019) Positivity and Behaviour: The Mediating Role of Self-Efficacy in Organisational and Educational Settings. Journal of Happiness Studies, 20 (3). 707–727. ISSN 1389-4978

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Abstract

Positivity is an evaluative disposition capturing what self-esteem, life satisfaction and optimism have in common. Self-efficacy refers to specific beliefs aimed at exercising control over the events through self-regulation. This paper examines in two studies whether the effect of positivity on performance is mediated by self-efficacy beliefs. The first examines the role of task and empathic self-efficacy in mediating the relationship of positivity with respect to in-role and extra-role behaviours in a sample of 829 Italian adult employees. The second examines the role of academic self-efficacy in mediating the relationship of positivity with respect to academic grades and academic citizenship behaviour on a sample of 223 Italian university students. Structural Equation Models results revealed that: (1) the relationship between positivity and both in-role and extra-role behaviours was substantially mediated by self-efficacy beliefs; (2) the relationship between positivity and both school grades and citizenship behaviours was completely mediated by self-efficacy beliefs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic success,meditation,self-efficacy,positivity,in-role behaviour,extra-role behaviour
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 10:36
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2020 23:46
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/66810
DOI: 10.1007/s10902-018-9972-4

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