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Title: A meta-analytic investigation of the relationship between emotional intelligence and health
Contributor(s): Schutte, Nicola  (author)orcid ; Malouff, John Michael  (author); Thorsteinsson, Einar Baldvin  (author)orcid ; Bhullar, Navjot  (author)orcid ; Rooke, Sally Erin  (author)
Publication Date: 2007
DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2006.09.003
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Abstract: A meta-analysis of 44 effect sizes based on the responses of 7898 participants found that higher emotional intelligence was associated with better health. Emotional intelligence had a weighted average association of r = .29 with mental health, r = .31 with psychosomatic health, and r = .22 with physical health. Emotional intelligence measured as a trait was more strongly associated with mental health than emotional intelligence measured as an ability. Comparison of three measures of perceived trait emotional intelligence, the EQ-i (Bar-On, 2000), the Assessing Emotions Scale (Schutte et al., 1998), and the Trait Meta Mood Scale (Salovey, Mayer, Goldman, Turvey, & Palfai, 1995), showed that the EQ-i had a significantly stronger association with mental health than the other measures. The findings provide a basis for research aimed at determining the causal relationship between trait emotional intelligence and health.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Personality and Individual Differences, 42(6), p. 921-933
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1873-3549
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Psychology

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