The Process of Empowerment: A Model for Use in Research and Practice

  • Cattaneo L
  • Chapman A
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In this article, we propose a model of the process of empowerment. The notion of empowerment is compelling and much employed across many subfields inside and outside of psychology, but the lack of consistency in the ways prior literature has defined it is an obstacle to meaningful synthesis of findings and consistent application in practice. Our empowerment process model builds on prior work in taking the following steps: articulating empowerment as an iterative process, identifying core elements of that process, and defining the process in a way that is practically useful to both researchers and practitioners with terms that are easily communicated and applied. The components of the model are personally meaningful and power-oriented goals, self-efficacy, knowledge, competence, action, and impact. Individuals move through the process with respect to particular goals, doubling back repeatedly as experience promotes reflection. We make specific recommendations for research and practice and discuss applications to social justice., (C) 2010 by the American Psychological Association

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  • empowerment process model
  • goals
  • power
  • self-efficacy
  • social justice

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  • Lauren Cattaneo

  • Aliya Chapman

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