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MORGADO, Mafalda Vital; PIRES, António  and  PINTO, José Rosado. Self-efficacy in asthmatic children . Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2000, vol.1, n.1, pp.121-128. ISSN 1645-0086.

Self-efficacy is evaluated in a group of 70 asthmatic children and two age groups are compared (8 to 10 years old and 11 to 14 years old). Self-efficacy in the management of asthma was measured by "The asthma self-efficacy questionnaire" (Lemanek). Acceptable reliability has been found for the instrument. Self-efficacy beliefs at a self-care level are higher in the group of the older children. We could still find a relationship between self-efficacy beliefs and the asthma crisis frequency, the bigger the feeling of efficacy the fewer are the crisis.

Keywords : Asthma; Children; Self-efficacy; Chronic illness.

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