SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Business Administration
Emotional Intelligence and Life Adjustment: A Validation Study
Abstract: Emotional intelligence was hypothesized to be a factor in
successful life adjustment, among them the successful achievement of a
well-balanced life with little interference between work and family and
leisure. Data from a sample of 153 respondents who were roughly
representative of the population were obtained, including measurement of
emotional intelligence, life/work balance and other indices of adjustment
and social/psychological skills, and salary. EI was measured by both
questionnaire items (trait EI) and a task of identifying emotions in social
problem episodes as described in vignettes (performance EI). Balance was
measured both in terms of family/leisure interfering with work and vice
versa. Both interference dimensions correlated strongly with emotional
intelligence in the hypothesized direction. Emotional intelligence was
positively related to salary both for men and women, and at different
levels of educational achievement. Other indices of social skill were also
related to EI. On the other hand, those high in EI tended to be less
concerned with economic success.
Keywords: Emotional intelligence; life/work balance; economic success; (follow links to similar papers)
18 pages, October 2001, Revised September 1, 2008
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Sjöberg, Lennart, (2008), 'Emotional intelligence and life adjustment' in Cassady, J. C. and M. A. Eissa (eds.) Emotional Intelligence: Perspectives on Educational & Positive Psychology, pages 169-184, New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
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