Emotional Intelligence, Attribution Style and Mental Health in Medical Students

Mahnoor (MSc, 2016-2018) Supervisor: Afsheen Masood, PhD

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, 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

Abstract:

The present research was conducted to examine emotional intelligence and attribution style as predictors of mental health in medical students. It was hypothesized that emotional intelligence, attribution style, and demographics would be predict mental health of medical students. Cross sectional research design was used to execute the investigation. The sample of the research comprised of N = 150 medical students with the age range of 19 to 22 years from 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of medical education. Assessment measures were comprised of demographic information questionnaire, Schutte Self-Report Emotional Test (SSEIT; Schutte, Malouff, & Bhullar, 2009). Attribution Style Questionnaire (ASQ; Peterson et al., 1982) and Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale (EMWBS; Edinburgh, 2005). The data collected were analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 22. The results showed that emotional intelligence and attribution style had a significant positive relationship with mental health. It was also revealed that emotional intelligence and attribution style positively predicted mental health. The findings carry significant implications for medical students in academic field as well as in their professional lives. Moreover findings were discussed in light of previous literature.

Keywords:   Emotional intelligence, attribution style, mental health, medical student.

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