The Importance Of Self-Efficacy

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Theme 2: Self-Efficacy Self-efficacy is defined as an individual’s confidence in themselves and the way one feels, thinks, motivates, and behaves given the circumstances and experiences that she goes through in life (Bandura, 1994). This is a common theme that was evident in all of the five participants as they transformed from being a teenager and accepted their role as a mother. Influenced by their environmental factors and social support system, each participant described their motivation to become a competent parent. The transformation from being an adolescent to becoming a teenage mother was described as a scary experience by the participants. Each of them found the importance of having a stable support system in dealing with the emotional and financial aspect help them rebuild their self-concept, as they became a teenage mother. Kathy recalls turning to her family and friends for emotional, mental and financial support. “You can never go wrong with that kind of support that I have,” she highlighted, “it was important because I probably would’ve gone crazy if I didn’t have the support system.” Sally said, “It was very important. If it weren’t for my support system, I would’ve struggled so much, especially in the financial aspect of things. I would’ve gone crazy if my mom didn’t teach me all the things I know now.” Despite having a conflict with her mother in the beginning of the pregnancy, Sally acknowledges her mother as her biggest support, she recalls, “Even
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