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Am J Community Psychol. 1995 Oct;23(5):581-99.

Psychological empowerment: issues and illustrations.

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  • 1Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48109-2029, USA.

Abstract

Discussed several issues related to psychological empowerment. The thesis of this paper is that the development of a universal and global measure of psychological empowerment may not be a feasible or appropriate goal. I begin by distinguishing between empowerment processes and outcomes. Underlying assumptions are discussed including the notion that empowerment differs across people, contexts, and times. A nomological network that includes intrapersonal, interactional, and behavioral components is also presented. Two examples of psychological empowerment for voluntary service organization members and members of a mutual help organization are described to help illustrate differences in the specific variables that may be used to measure psychological empowerment in different populations and settings.

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