Emotional intelligence and social and academic adaptation to school

  1. Mestre Navas, José Miguel
  2. Guil Bozal, Rocío
  3. Lopes, Paulo N.
  4. Salovey, Peter
  5. Gil-Olarte Márquez, Paloma

ISSN: 0214-9915

Year of publication: 2006

Issue Title: Emotional intelligence

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

Pages: 112-117

Type: Article

More publications in: Psicothema


In a sample of 127 Spanish adolescents, the ability to understand and manage emotions, assessed by a performance measure of emotional intelligence (the MSCEIT), correlated positively with teacher ratings of academic achievement and adaptation for both males and females. Among girls, these emotional abilities also correlated positively with peer friendship nominations. After controlling for IQ and the Big Five personality traits, the ability to understand and manage emotions remained significantly associated with teacher ratings of academic adaptation among boys and peer friendship nominations among girls. Self-perceived emotional intelligence was unrelated to these criteria. These findings provide partial support for hypotheses that emotional abilities are associated with indicators of social and academic adaptation to school

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