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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology


Bandura's self-efficacy theory was applied to a religious variable, namely personal evangelism, in a sample of 31 volunteers from a Christian liberal arts college. The study sought to determine whether a significant relationship exists between the kind of training a person receives in evangelism and the individual's subsequent self-efficacy expectancy, outcome expectancy and intention to perform the behavior. Three treatment emphases were used: a) an intellectual emphasis which provided individuals with arguments, proofs and evidences for the validity of Christianity; 2) an affective emphasis which encouraged individuals to rely on their faith and devotion to God, which would result in His bringing about the desired success of evangelistic efforts; and 3) a self-efficacy emphasis which suggested that God provides individuals with the necessary resources and skills to do evangelism. Participants completed a demographic questionnaire and pretest and posttest inventories that assessed evangelism self-efficacy). The importance of addressing the affective, as well as intellectual, needs of the learner has been substantiated in learning theory and research elsewhere. The results of the current research would seem to be important for religious organizations that are concerned with designing programs to teach evangelism skills. Training for evangelism needs to address beliefs of personal effectiveness.

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