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Building on the positives: a psychometric review and critical analysis of the construct of Psychological Capital

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posted on 2023-05-17, 17:02 authored by Sarah DawkinsSarah Dawkins, Angela MartinAngela Martin, Jennifer ScottJennifer Scott, Kristy Sanderson
The construct of Psychological Capital (PsyCap) focuses on the positive psychological capacities of self-efficacy, hope, optimism and resilience and their relationship with a range of desirable work attitudes, behaviours and organizational outcomes. There is nowalmost a decade of accumulated PsyCap research. However, a critical and synthesized analysis of the construct in terms of its theoretical conceptualization and psychometric properties is yet to appear in the literature. Consequently, this article aims to provide a comprehensive review and analysis of the PsyCap literature, focusing in particular on issues relevant to the psychometric profile of PsyCap as it is currently assessed. Six directives for advancing PsyCap research are proposed as part of an integrated research agenda aimed towards strengthening the conceptualization and measurement of PsyCap.


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Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology








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