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A study on the factors impacted feeling of Self-Efficacy in family carers of people living with dementia.

We conducted a project looking into Self Efficacy amongst carers of people with dementia alongside Carers of West Lothian and West Lothian College. This report shares the findings of a project to assess changes in feelings of self efficacy or self belief in carers of people living with dementia.

This project was prompted from the findings of an evaluation review completed by the University of West of Scotland and tide (together in dementia everyday) that highlighted the importance of context and relevance.   

Please download a copy of the report here.

Key messages:

  • self-efficacy is people's beliefs in their capabilities to exercise control over their own functioning and over events that affect their lives.
  • measuring changes in self-efficacy helps to identify the factors influencing our motivation, well-being and personal accomplishment.
  • using a general scale to measure self-efficacy creates ambiguity about what is being measured and the benefits of interventions.
  • studies should use both quantative and qualitative methods for measuring changes in self-efficacy, and should recognise the lack of predictability associated with a carers journey.
  • High levels of self-efficacy is linked to positive outcomes, including resilience, good health and improved performance.


We thank Life Changes Trust for the opportunity to explore the topic of Self-efficacy, following the output of the evaluation report by University of West of Scotland.

We thank West Lothian College for their support, technical skills and insight, and recognising the value of the topic and sponsoring the project.

We thank Carers of West Lothian for their support, on a practical and emotional level, providing insight on the challenges facing carers of people living with dementia.

We thank our tide carer members for volunteering to attend and participating in such and open and constructive manner, with their usual good humour and sensitivity.

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