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The Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Relationship Satisfaction

Gilmore, Stella (2021) The Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Relationship Satisfaction. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Aims: Research has shown that emotional intelligence (EI) is a positive predictor of many outcomes in life, including relationship satisfaction. The aim of this study was to build on previous research investigating the relationship between EI and relationship satisfaction by using a self-report ability measure of EI and controlling for demographic variables (gender and age) and relationship characteristics (relationship length and relationship status).

Method: The current study consisted of 147 participants. Data was collected from participants using an online survey which consisted of two questionnaires, the Wong & Law Emotional Intelligence Scale (WLEIS) and the Relationship Assessment Scale (RAS).

Results: Findings from a hierarchical multiple regression analysis showed that EI was a significant, but weak, predictor of relationship satisfaction after controlling for demographic variables and relationship characteristics. Surprisingly, relationship status was the strongest predictor of relationship satisfaction.

Conclusion: EI may not be a strong predictor of relationship satisfaction for all individuals in all stages of relationships. Future research should aim to discover stronger predictors of relationship satisfaction to provide couples-counsellors with better mechanisms through which they can increase satisfaction in their clients.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Emotional Intelligence
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Relationships
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2021 15:25
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 15:14
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4936

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