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Title: Trait Emotional Intelligence as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Psychological Distress and Satisfaction with Life
Contributor(s): Bhullar, Navjot  (author)orcid ; Schutte, Nicola  (author)orcid ; Malouff, John M  (author)
Publication Date: 2012
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Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 520503 Personality and individual differences
520302 Clinical psychology
520303 Counselling psychology
520304 Health psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920410 Mental Health
920401 Behaviour and Health
920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200409 Mental health
200401 Behaviour and health
200407 Health status (incl. wellbeing)
Abstract: This research examined the extent to which psychological distress is associated with satisfaction with life, and investigated whether trait emotional intelligence moderates this relationship. In a broad-based international sample of 370 adults, psychological distress predicted satisfaction with life after controlling for age, gender, country of origin, and trait emotional intelligence. Trait emotional intelligence was related to lower levels of psychological distress and greater life satisfaction. The relationship between psychological distress and life satisfaction was moderated by trait emotional intelligence. Trait emotional intelligence may act as an adaptive coping resource in that the negative association between psychological distress and life satisfaction became significantly weaker for respondents with high trait emotional intelligence.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Individual Differences Research, 10(1), p. 19-26
Publisher: Individual Differences Research
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1541-745X
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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