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Measures of Emotional Intelligence and Social Acceptability in Children: A Concurrent Validity Study
Canadian Journal of School Psychology (2011)
  • Sunny Windingstad, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • R. Steve McCallum, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Sherry Mee Bell, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Patrick Dunn, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Abstract
The concurrent validity of two measures of Emotional Intelligence (EI), one considered a trait measure, the other an ability measure, was examined by administering the Emotional Quotient Inventory: Youth Version (EQi:YV; Bar-On & Parker, 2000), the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test: Youth Version (MSCEIT:YV; Mayer, Salovey, & Caruso, in press), and a sociometric measure to 102 upper elementary students in the U.S. Pearson product-moment correlation coefficients across various scores of the EI instruments ranged from −.02 (p > .05) to .39 (p < .01), suggesting the instruments are measuring somewhat different constructs. Scores on two sets of theoretically similar scales across instruments yielded significant correlation but others did not. Results from dependent t tests showed no significant difference between overall mean scores of the EQi:YV and MSCEIT:YV (p < .05). Only the Interpersonal and General Mood scales of the EQi:YV correlate significantly with the sociometric (p < .05). Implications for further research in EI are discussed.
Keywords
  • emotional intelligence,
  • emotional quotient,
  • sociometric,
  • validity
Publication Date
2011
Citation Information
Sunny Windingstad, R. Steve McCallum, Sherry Mee Bell and Patrick Dunn. "Measures of Emotional Intelligence and Social Acceptability in Children: A Concurrent Validity Study" Canadian Journal of School Psychology Vol. 26 Iss. 2 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sherry_bell/1/