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

Dawkins, Sarah, Martin, Angela, Scott, Jenn and Sanderson, Kristy (2013) Building on the positives: A psychometric review and critical analysis of the construct of Psychological Capital. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 86 (3). pp. 348-370. ISSN 0963-1798

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Abstract

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 now almost 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. Practitioner points: This article provides a critical and synthesized psychometric-focused review of the PsyCap construct and its application in the workplace. Several shortcomings of the construct and its primary measure are highlighted. Directives are proposed to further enhance the conceptualization and measurement of the construct and thus enhance its utility in the workplace.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: applied psychology,organizational behavior and human resource management ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3202
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2021 00:29
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2021 01:29
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80557
DOI: 10.1111/joop.12007

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