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Title: The relationship between emotional intelligence and optimism: A meta-analysis
Contributor(s): Glassie, Sarah L  (author); Schutte, Nicola  (author)orcid 
Early Online Version: 2024-01-12
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1002/ijop.13108
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Optimism involves the general expectation good things will occur and greater optimism is associated with a number of positive life outcomes related to better mental and physical health. These outcomes include reduced likelihood of depression, more effective immune functioning and lower mortality. Emotional intelligence, which consists of adaptive emotional functioning, may be a foundation for optimism. This meta-analysis examined the relationship between emotional intelligence and optimism across 6889 participants from 25 independent samples. Across studies, a higher level of emotional intelligence was associated with greater optimism with a weighted effect size of, r = .35, p < .001. Measurement approach and country of participants moderated the effect size. These results have relevance for the design of positive psychology interventions.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International journal of psychology
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0020-7594
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
520304 Health psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200409 Mental health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Psychology

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