Emotional Intelligence, Self-Esteem and Creativity in Young Adults

Zainab Imran (BS, 2014-2018) Supervisors: Waqas Hassan & Farah Malik, 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 study was designed to investigate the relationship among emotional intelligence, creativity and self-esteem  in university students. It was hypothesized that emotional intelligence would have positive relationship with creativity  in  university  students.  Similarly  it  was hypothesized that emotional intelligence would be a positive predictor of creativity in university students. It was also hypothesized that female university students would have significantly higher emotional intelligence than male university students. Correlational research design was used to examine the proposed hypothesis. The sample comprised of university students (N = 150) with age range of 18-25 years (M = 22.92 SD = 4.80). The demographic information sheet, Schutte Scale of Emotional Intelligence (Schutte et al., 1998), Kaufman Domains of Creativity Scale (K-DOCS; Kaufman, 2012) and Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale (RSES; Rosenberg 1965) were used to assess the correlation between study variables. The results were in line with hypotheses and indicated that emotional intelligence was positively correlated with creativity. Furthermore, it indicated that emotional intelligence was a positive predictor of creativity in university students. Results also revealed that female university students have significantly high emotional intelligence than male university students. This study will be helpful in enhancing creativity and self-esteem of university students by increasing their emotional intelligence.

Keywords:     Emotional intelligence, creativity, self-esteem, university students.

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