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Measuring Psychological Capital: Construction and Validation of the Compound PsyCap Scale (CPC-12)


  • Timo Lorenz
  • Clemens Beer
  • Jan Pütz
  • Kathrin Heinitz


With the Psychological Capital Questionnaire (PCQ) being the standard measure to assess psychological capital (PsyCap) in the context of organizations, this paper aims to broaden this domain-specific approach by introducing a measure with universal claim. Two studies were conducted to create and validate a German self-report scale (CPC-12) measuring PsyCap. We performed confirmatory factor analyses and correlations with other positive psychological constructs on the data of two German samples (N1 = 321; N2 = 202). The twelve-item CPC-12 exhibits the anticipated factorial structure with a very good model fit and associations to other constructs concur with previous findings with other measures of PsyCap.

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  • Timo Lorenz & Clemens Beer & Jan Pütz & Kathrin Heinitz, 2016. "Measuring Psychological Capital: Construction and Validation of the Compound PsyCap Scale (CPC-12)," PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science, vol. 11(4), pages 1-17, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:plo:pone00:0152892
    DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0152892

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