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


Dawkins, S and Martin, A and Scott, J and Sanderson, K, 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 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 The British Psychological Society

DOI: doi:10.1111/joop.12007


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisational behaviour
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Dawkins, S (Dr Sarah Dawkins)
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
UTAS Author:Scott, J (Professor Jenn Scott)
UTAS Author:Sanderson, K (Associate Professor Kristy Sanderson)
ID Code:84001
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:111
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2013-04-09
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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