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The relationship between students’ psychological capital, social-contextual factors and study-related outcomes – an empirical study from higher education in Norway

Terje Slåtten (Inland School of Business and Social Science, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer, Norway)
Gudbrand Lien (Inland School of Business and Social Science, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer, Norway)
Victoria Helen Batt-Rawden (Inland School of Business and Social Science, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer, Norway)
Solveig Beyza Narli Evenstad (Inland School of Business and Social Science, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer, Norway)
Terje Onshus (Inland School of Business and Social Science, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer, Norway)

International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences

ISSN: 1756-669X

Article publication date: 3 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the relationships between students’ psychological capital (PsyCap), social-contextual factors and study-related outcomes. Social-contextual factors are represented by two education-related variables: academic support and peer support. Three study-related outcome variables are included, namely, study engagement, academic performance and student well-being.

Design/methodology/approach

Students from different higher education campuses and academic programs in Norway participated.

Findings

PsyCap is directly related to the three study-related outcome variables. The relationship between PsyCap and academic performance is mediated by study engagement. The two social-contextual factors (academic support and peer support) are both related to PsyCap. Finally, PsyCap also mediated the relationship between the two social-contextual factors and the three study-related outcome variables.

Research limitations/implications

Overall, the findings reveal that PsyCap has a key role in all study-related outcomes. Accordingly, managers of higher education institutions should take students’ PsyCap seriously and seek ways to intervene and manage the different resources embraced in the concept of PsyCap.

Originality/value

This study contributes to a relatively new but seemingly growing area of research in educational management, focusing on the role of student PsyCap.

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Citation

Slåtten, T., Lien, G., Batt-Rawden, V.H., Evenstad, S.B.N. and Onshus, T. (2023), "The relationship between students’ psychological capital, social-contextual factors and study-related outcomes – an empirical study from higher education in Norway", International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJQSS-11-2021-0160

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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