Role of Mothers Emotional Intelligence and Bonding in Emotional Intelligence of Daughters

Author: Saira Akram Rana

Supervisor: Dr. Naumana Amjad

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2006-2008

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present study examined relationship between emotional intelligence of daughters and their mothers. It also explored relationship between daughter’s emotional intelligence and their maternal bonding. A total of 200 participants (100 female students and their mothers) from Punjab University were selected for this research. The Schutte Self-Report Emotional Intelligence Test by Schutte, Marlouf, Hall, Golden and Donheim (1998) was used to measure the emotional intelligence. Parental Bonding Instrument by Parker, Tupling and Brown (1979) was used to measure maternal care and maternal protection. The relationship between emotional intelligence of daughters and their mothers was assessed through Pearson Product Moment correlation. The results showed that emotional intelligence of daughters was significantly and positively correlated with mother’s emotional intelligence and maternal bonding. Further a regression analysis was applied and results showed that mother’s emotional intelligence and maternal care were significant predictors of daughters’ emotional intelligence. Implications of this study are discussed along with limitations and suggestions.

Keywords: Emotional Intelligence, Maternal Care, Maternal Bonding

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