Emotional Awareness, Communication Competence and Friendship Quality in Adolescents

Author: Rabia Butt
Supervisor: Zaeema Farooq & Iram Fatima, PhD
Degree: M.Sc
Year: 2013-2015
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between emotional awareness, communication competence and friendship quality in adolescents. Correlational research design was used. It was hypothesized that components of emotional awareness (differentiating emotions, verbal sharing of emotions, not hiding emotions, bodily awareness of emotions, attending to other’s emotions and analysis of own emotions) and communication competence would have a relationship with friendship quality. Moreover, it was also hypothesized that these components of emotional awareness and communication competence would predict friendship quality. The sample consisted of N= 160 adolescents, (73 boys, 87 girls) from 9th and 10th class with age range 13- 17 years, (M = 14.6, SD = 1.04). Sample was collected from different private schools of Lahore through convenient sampling technique. Emotional Awareness Questionnaire (Rieffe et al, 2008), Self- Perceived Communication Competence Scale (McCroskey, 2013) and McGill 74 Friendship Questionnaire Respondent’s Affection (Mendelson & Aboud, 2012) were used to measure emotional awareness, communication competence and friendship quality respectively. Findings revealed that attending to other’s emotions and analysis of own emotions and communication competence had a positive relationship with friendship quality and attending to other’s emotions, analysis of own emotions positively predicted friendship quality. Thus the present research can be helpful in describing the emotions, communication competencies and friendship qualities in adolescents.

Keywords: Emotional awareness, Communication, Competence, Friendship Quality.
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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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