Emotional intelligence: an exploration of the construct in adolescents

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Thayer, M. and Bramston, Paul. 2010. "Emotional intelligence: an exploration of the construct in adolescents." Mrowinski, Vicky, Kyrios, Michael and Voudouris, Nicholas (ed.) 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010). Melbourne, Australia 11 - 16 Jul 2010 Melbourne, Australia.
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Emotional intelligence: an exploration of the construct in adolescents

Presentation TypePoster
AuthorsThayer, M. (Author) and Bramston, Paul (Author)
EditorsMrowinski, Vicky, Kyrios, Michael and Voudouris, Nicholas
Journal or Proceedings TitleAbstracts of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology
Number of Pages1
Year2010
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN9780909881467
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.icap2010.com
Conference/Event27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010)
Event Details
27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP 2010)
Event Date
11 to end of 16 Jul 2010
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Abstract

Emotional intelligence is an emerging psychological construct with varying definitions, measures, and applications. According to the ability model of emotional intelligence, the construct can be defined as the set of abilities that explain how we perceive, understand, and
express our emotions and those of others. Research with adults shows preliminary evidence for the discriminant validity of the construct from general intelligence, personality, and well-being and positive affect, but little
research has been conducted which critically examines the construct amongst adolescents. This study explored the construct with adolescents by testing the discriminant validity of emotional intelligence scores with general
intelligence, personality and well-being. The study involved adolescent students (N = 29) from a regional Australian high school aged 12 – 17 years (M = 14.5, SD = 1.2). The Shipley Institute of Living Scale (a measure of IQ), a new performance-based measure of emotional
intelligence – the Mayer Salovey Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test: Youth Version (MSCEIT:YV), a 50-item pool of personality items related to the Big-Five Personality Factors as found on the International Personality Item Pool (IPIP) on the IPIP website, and, the Personal Wellbeing Index – School Children (PWI-SC) were
administered in the above order. Surprisingly, no
significant results were found for the multiple
correlations between emotional intelligence and general intelligence, personality and well-being. However, the study had low power (Power = .38), and so the results should be interpreted with caution. To conclude, it would appear that emotional intelligence, as measured by the MSCEIT:YV, is independent and distinct from general intelligence, personality and well-being, which is in contrast to the adult research which shows a slight but definite overlap with these constructs and emotional intelligence.

Keywordsemotional intelligence, adolescence, general intelligence, personality, well-being
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Health, Queensland
Department of Psychology
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