Trait Emotional Intelligence provides incremental validity over the Big Five in the prediction of emotion-focused, but not task-focused coping

O'Connor, Peter J. & (2012) Trait Emotional Intelligence provides incremental validity over the Big Five in the prediction of emotion-focused, but not task-focused coping. In 11th Australian Conference for Personality and Individual Differences (ACPID 2012), 29 - 30 November 2012, Melbourne, Vic. (Unpublished)


People tend to adopt ‘coping strategies’ when faced with environmental stressors. These coping strategies can be broadly categorised as either ‘emotion-focussed’ or ‘task-focused’ coping, depending on whether individuals focus on modifying their emotions or the situation to reduce stress. This study sought to explore the potential role of trait Emotional Intelligence in the prediction of adaptive coping strategies. It was hypothesised that Emotional Intelligence would predict adaptive emotion focussed coping, over and above the effects of age, gender and the Big Five. No relationship was hypothesised between Emotional Intelligence and task-focussed coping. Results were based on data from 145 students participating in an online task involving several questionnaires and a difficult problem designed to induce task-stress. It was found that Emotional Intelligence provided incremental validity in the prediction of emotion-focussed but not task-focussed coping. Results are discussed in terms of coping success in terms of both objective performance and stress-reduction.

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ID Code: 99905
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Emotional Intelligence, Emotion Focussed Coping, Problem Focussed Coping, Big Five, Stress
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Author
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2016 23:59
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 23:59

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