Emotional Intelligence and Academic Stress in College Students

Thesis Title: Emotional Intelligence and Academic Stress in College Students

Author Name: Saman Imtiaz

Supervisor: Rafia Rafique

Year: 2017

Degree: BS

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245


Stress is a growing concern in adolescents nowadays. The present study aimed to investigate the role of emotional intelligence in experiencing academic stress and to find out gender differences in emotional intelligence and academic stress in college students. The sample comprised of 184 students, consisting of 92 females and 92 males of age range between (17-19) years (M = 18.1, SD = .72). Participants were selected through random sampling technique from private and government colleges of Lahore. The tools used for this study included; Schutte Self-Report Emotional Intelligence Test (SSEIT) developed by Schutte et al. (1998) and Educational Stress Scale for Adolescents developed by Dune et al. (2010). Pearson Product Moment Correlation Analysis and Hierarchal Multiple Regression were used. It was found that low emotional intelligence was a predictor of academic stress and females were more emotionally intelligent as compared to the male students. Also, the male students experienced more stress compared to the female students. The implications of these findings suggest that there should be special counseling centers for students in their respective institutions to help them overcome academic stress.


Emotional intelligence, academic stress.

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