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Self-efficacy as a driver of civic engagement

What psychological factors motivate an individual to engage with issues affecting their communities?

Active engagement in community issues is a critical driver of accountable political systems. Civic engagement can be measured through a number of ways: direct political participation such as voting, expressing political opinion through rallies and signing petitions, or attending community meetings and other venues of discussion.

This study specifically studies the role of self-efficacy in driving civic engagement. A self-efficacy approach poses the idea that an individual’s belief in themselves can help overcome some of the obstacles to engagement, including the intimidation of doing something new, as well as a sense of hopelessness around the possibility of change.