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On the dimensional structure of emotional intelligence

Petrides, KV; Furnham, A; (2000) On the dimensional structure of emotional intelligence. PERS INDIV DIFFER , 29 (2) 313 - 320.

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Abstract

The psychometric properties of the self-report emotional intelligence (EI) measured by Schutte et al. (1998) [Schutte, N. S., Malouff, J. M., Hall, L. E,, Haggerty, D. J., Cooper, J. T., Golden, C. J., & Dornheim, L. (1998), Development and validation of a measure of emotional intelligence. Personality and Individual Differences, 25, 167-177] are scrutinized and several weaknesses are identified. It is argued that by virtue of the construction strategy adopted by Schutte et al. (1998) the test cannot be measuring a general EI factor and furthermore that it has not been successfully mapped onto Salovey and Mayer's (1990) [Salovey, P., & Mayer, J. D. (1990). Emotional intelligence. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 9, 185-211] EI model. It is also shown via confirmatory factor analysis that the test is not unifactorial. A theoretical distinction between trait and information-processing EI is proposed. Trait EI appertains to the greater personality realm whereas information-processing EI is an attempt to chart new territory in the field of human mental ability. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: On the dimensional structure of emotional intelligence
Keywords: emotional intelligence, psychometrics, test construction
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/154772
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