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Master of Science (MS)


Health, Physical Education, and Recreation


Dale R. Wagner


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of increased self-efficacy on three separate jump tests. Forty-seven students (18 females & 29 males) from Utah State University were randomly assigned to a treatment or control group. Participants performed a vertical jump test, a standing broad jump test, and a 30-s Bosco test on three separate days over a span of 1 week. The treatment group (n = 24) were given false, positive feedback about their performance while the control group (n = 23) were told their true results. Self-efficacy was measured pre and post using the Physical Self-Efficacy scale (PSE) and was found to increase more for the treatment group than the control group. A 3 x 2 ANOVA showed a significant improvement for the Bosco test but no significance for the other two tests, suggesting that self-efficacy has an effect on power endurance but not explosive power.


This work made publicly available electronically on May 11, 2011.