Construct Validity of a Trait Based Scale for Emotional Intelligence (SEI)

Author: Hira Nadeem

Supervisor: Dr. Saima Dawood

Degree: BS

Year: 2005-2009

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research was conducted to determine construct validity of an indigenously developed tool of emotional intelligence (Dawood, Rahman & Sheikh, 2008) which is based on Goleman’s model (1998). Quasi-research Design was employed to conduct the study by recruiting 275 undergraduate university students through Purposive sampling. Sample was taken from 11 faculties of University of the Punjab, Lahore. From each faculty, a sample of 25 students was taken. The construct validity of SEI was assessed through Bar-On EQ-i (Bar-On, 1997). First of all, Bar-On was translated into native language, i.e. Urdu to determine its lexicon Equivalence. Then permission from the respective Deans of each faculty and Heads of the Department were sought to collect the data. After taking permission, the concerned teachers were contacted to set some suitable time for the administration of questionnaires. The subjects were administered two questionnaires along with a Personal History Questionnaire form in two settings. In the first setting Personal History Questionnaire form and the first four scales of the SEI were administered; however, rest of SEI, and Bar-On EQ-i was administered in the second sitting. Results were analyzed through descriptive statistics and Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient was employed to see the relationship between the scores of SEI and Bar-On, which showed significant high correlation between two scales indicating that, both instruments: SEI and Bar-On are assessing the same construct,i.e. trait-based emotional intelligence.

Keywords: Emotional Intelligence, construct validity.

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