Psychological capital in university students: analysis of scientific activity in the scopus database

Jesús Manuel Guerrero-Alcedo, Lorena C. Espina-Romero, Jessica Paola Palacios Garay, Freddy Roberpierre Jaimes Álvarez

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Lately there has been an increase in the number of publications on psychological capital, especially in the specialty of organizational psychology, and not so much in the field of educational psychology. This study aims to analyze the main bibliometric indicators of production, collaboration and impact of scientific literature related to psychological capital in university students. We searched the Scopus database for documents using the comprehensive search strategy until June 27, 2021. Data were collected regarding title, keywords, authors, co-authors, citations received, details of the most productive journals, year of publication, countries, and institutions. From 2009 to 2021, 82 documents were published, mainly from countries such as China, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Spain; the most productive journal was the so-called Revista Argentina de Clínica Psicológica while Curtin University was the most influential institution in the subject of study. The author's co-occurrence network analysis, trend topics, and keyword analysis highlighted themes involving psychological capital with educational and health variables in college students. The findings can help both academics and professionals to obtain an overview of advances in the subject and thus identify important gaps in the literature and propose promising new lines of research.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere11849
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2022


  • Bibliometric review
  • Psycap
  • Psychological capital
  • Students
  • University


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