A major theme in the contemporary study of human development across the life span is that people have the capacity for personal agency. Innumerable writers emphasize that individuals can exert intentional influence over their experiences and actions, the circumstances they encounter, the skills they acquire, and thus ultimately the course of their development.
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Cervone, Daniel, Daniele Artistico, and Jane M. Berry. "Self-Efficacy and Adult Development." In Handbook of Adult Development and Learning, edited by Carol Hren. Hoare, 169-95. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.