Relationship of Emotional Intelligence with Psychopathologies and Coping Strategies among Different Professionals

Author: Asma Javaid

Supervisor: Dr. Saima Dawood

Degree: BS

Year: 2006-2010

University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The aim of the present research was to assess the relationship of emotional intelligence to different psychopathologies and coping strategies among different professionals. The study followed the Quasi Experimental Design. A Purposive sample of 135 professionals was drawn from nine different professions belonging to differentorganizations of the Lahore city. The age range of the sample was between 25 and 68 years with a minimum professional experience of three years. The professions were further divided into three clusters i.e. Cluster I (n=45), Cluster II (n=45) and Cluster III (n=45). Three instruments were used. Scale for Emotional Intelligence (SEI) devised by Dawood, Rahman and Sheikh in 2007 was used to measure emotional intelligence; translation of Brief COPE by Akhtar (2005) was used to measure coping strategies and Symptom Checklist-R (SCL-R) by Rahman, Dawood, Jagir, Mansoor and Rehman in 2009 was used to measure psychopathology. Pearson Product Moment Correlation was used for statistical analysis. The results indicated a positive relationship between emotional intelligence and adaptive coping strategies and a negative relationship between emotional intelligence and maladaptive coping strategies. Furthermore, there was a negative relationship between emotional intelligence and different psychopathologies among different professionals. Therefore, high emotional intelligence was related to lower levels of psychopathologies and more use of adaptive coping strategies while low emotional intelligence was related to higher levels of psychopathologies and less use of adaptive coping strategies.

Keywords: Emotional intelligence, Coping, Psychopathologies, Professions.

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