ISSN 1671-3710
CN 11-4766/R

›› 2007, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (4): 652-658.

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A Review of the Research on Psychological Empowerment

Ling Li;LuChangqin   

  1. Department of Psychology, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2006-07-19 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2007-07-15 Published:2007-07-15
  • Contact: Lu Changqin

Abstract: Psychological empowerment is defined as a motivational construct manifested in four cognitions: meaning, self-efficacy or competence, self-determination, and impact. As to the antecedents of this construct, studies indicate that factors of individual characteristics, work or job characteristics, and group and organizational characteristics all contribute to the form and change of psychological empowerment. As to the consequences of the construct, scholars have found that psychological empowerment can affect work-related outcomes both as independent variables and as mediators or moderators. Based on the review of the studies on psychological empowerment, the paper pointed out four prospects for the future research such as the intervening mechanism of psychological empowerment, and longitudinal process research on psychological empowerment

Key words: empowerment, psychological empowerment, measurement, antecedents, consequences

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