Author: Kainat Naeem
Supervisor: Hira Fatima
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present study aimed to evaluate the relationship between emotional intelligence, pathological use of internet and psychological wellbeing in university students. Correlation research strategy was used to serve this purpose. It was hypothesized that there would likely be a negative relationship between emotional intelligence and pathological use of internet, a positive relationship between emotional intelligence and psychological wellbeing and a negative relationship between pathological use of internet and psychological wellbeing. Moreover it was also hypothesized that males would be: more pathological user of internets as compared to females and will have low levels of emotional intelligence and psychological wellbeing. Furthermore, it was hypothesized that emotional intelligence would predict pathological use of internet and psychological wellbeing. Through purposive sampling, 109 students (age 18-25 years) from private and government universities were selected. The structured interview was devised for getting the information regarding demographic variables and translated versions of Schutte Self Report Emotional Intelligence Test (SSEIT), Internet Addiction Test (IA T) and Ryff’s Scale of Psychological Well-being (RPWB) were used to measure emotional intelligence, internet use and psychological wellbeing respectively. The results of the study revealed a negative correlation between emotional intelligence and pathological use of internet, positive correlation between emotional intelligence and psychological wellbeing. Moreover, a negative correlation was found between pathological use of internet and psychological well being. The findings of the study showed that males scored high on internet addiction test and scale of psychological well being as compared to females. Analysis further showed that emotional intelligence is a strong predictor of pathological use of internet and psychological wellbeing. This study highlights the importance of emotional intelligence, pathological use of internet and psychological wellbeing of university students and their consequences on the student’s life. Awareness campaigns would be held in order to put adolescents and young adult’s attention towards emotional intelligence, pathological use of internet and its effects on psychological wellbeing. Psycho-education could be provided to the parents regarding their children’s use of internet and its consequences.
Keywords: Emotional Intelligence, Psychological Well being.
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