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Training emotional intelligence: Presenting the results of an experimental study
Paper presented at the 35th annual conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (2006)
  • Jane P Murray
  • Peter J Jordan
  • Neal M Ashkanasy
Abstract

This presentation outlines the results of an eighteen month study examining the effect of an emotions focused training intervention on the emotional intelligence of employees from a large public sector organisation. Utilising an experimental methodology, 280 staff attended a two-day program focused on training emotional intelligence skills and abilities. These interventions were created around Mayer and Salovey’s four-branch model of emotional intelligence (awareness, understanding, facilitation and management of emotions). The experimental group’s emotional intelligence was tested pre and post training using the Workgroup Emotional Intelligence Profile (WEIP). In addition, a control group from the same organisation also completed the same measure at three points during the same eighteen month period. Analysis of the control and experimental group data were conducted, and whilst no changes were found in the control group, the experimental group’s overall emotional intelligence significantly improved post training. To further strengthen these findings, a measure of effect size using Cohen’s d was also conducted to assess the magnitude of the training intervention’s overall effect. Full results will be presented during the presentation, with feedback on the study and methods utilised encouraged from participants.

© Copyright The Australian Psychological Society Ltd, 2006

Keywords
  • emotional intelligence,
  • training,
  • organisation
Publication Date
April 23, 2006
Citation Information
Jane P Murray, Peter J Jordan and Neal M Ashkanasy. "Training emotional intelligence: Presenting the results of an experimental study" Paper presented at the 35th annual conference of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jane_murray/4/