Tiziana De Caro, Antonella D'Amico

Emotional intelligence: a review of theoretical models, assessment tools and first research findings

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Keywords: Emotion, emotional intelligence, trait EI, ability EI, review

Review focuses on the different theoretical contributes about Emotional Intelligence (EI), that is defined as a trait-based construct as well as an ability-based construct. The principal assessment tools (self-report scales and ability-based tests) and the results of the recent published literature are discussed, examining the relationship between trait/ability EI and quality of life, well being, scholastic-academic achievement and professional outcomes. Some inconsistencies between the reported research findings are evidenced, suggesting the need for a more unitary and shared theoretical framework about EI, and for a convergence of the most used assessment tools.

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