Psychological Capital has shown great potential in creating positive attitudes and environments in the work place, but could it be applied to the classroom as well? Authors Brett C. Luthans, Kyle W. Luthans and James B. Avey studied how PsyCap affected the academic success of business students in their article “Building the Leaders of Tomorrow: The Development of Academic Psychological Capital” from Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.
The now widely recognized core construct of psychological capital (PsyCap) consists of the state-like positive psychological resources of hope, efficacy, resilience, and optimism. PsyCap has been empirically shown in the research literature to be related to various employee attitudinal, behavioral, and performance outcomes and open to development and change. Most recently, PsyCap has also been shown to be significantly related to business student academic performance. Using a pretest, posttest control group design, the present study tested whether the PsyCap of business students can be developed through a micro-training intervention. Results from this quasi-experimental study provide initial support that the Academic PsyCap of business students can be positively affected by a short training intervention.
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