Assessing Emotional Intelligence: Theory, Research, and Applications

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Con Stough, Donald H. Saklofske, James D. A. Parker
Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 15, 2009 - Psychology - 364 pages

The proposed book will represent the most up-to-date information on one of the most contemporary and controversial topics in psychology: individual differences and human exceptionality – the measurement and assessment of emotional intelligence (EI). Since the original work of Mayer and Salovey some 15 years ago – and the popular book published by Daniel Goleman in 1995 – theories, research, and measures of EI have proliferated. Furthermore, the relevance and applications of EI to education, business and the workplace, psychology in general, and in such specific areas as health and wellness, have come under serious debate in both academic and applied psychology. This is most evident in the area of measurement and assessment of EI as it is these measures that both not only reflect the construct validity of EI but also their use.

Since the first EI measures were developed during the early 1990s, there has been considerable debate about how to measure emotional intelligence most effectively. From this debate, two camps have emerged. These two camps consist of researchers, theorists, and practitioners who use or adopt either the self-report method or the ability-based method to assess emotional intelligence. Both camps are engaged in substantial research and make serious claims for their type of test to be the most valid with respect to the EI construct and its assessment. There are supporters and detractors for both camps. Although this active debate is being conducted in the journal literature, it does raise a further issue and that is how psychologists and others who use EI measures understand these arguments regarding EI measurement and assessment. This is the very reason the current book proposal is both of relevance and interest. This book will present new research on the self-report and ability-based approaches to measuring emotional intelligence that will focus on the EI construct, its measurement and interpretation.

Following the original publication of the MSCEIT and Bar-On scales, both of which have undergone revisions, other newer scales have also been developed that are grounded in empirical evidence. This book will focus on tests that have been extensively studied and researched and even some new tests that have been subjected to at least some validity testing – that is, show some form of validity (e.g., internal, test-retest) or demonstrate some form of validity (e.g., face, discriminant or external). Some of these new tests have been used in different countries or in specific applications such as in sports psychology. The area of test development is emerging quickly and there is a lot of confusion, particularly for practitioners and people who want EI to be implemented in certain environments. A book that canvasses the existing tests, presents information on how they were developed, their psychometric properties, how they can be applied, and so forth, will be very well received and popular given the size of the EI market worldwide now. As mentioned, these measures not only reflect the current theoretical models describing EI, but become the very tools that are used to validate the construct. At the same time, practitioners are raising questions about the variations in EI scales and the resulting different factors, which, in turn, influence how this information will be presented to and used by consumers (e.g., individuals, corporations, research programs).


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An Introduction to Assessing Emotional Intelligence Theory Research and Applications
Psychometrics and the Measurement of Emotional Intelligence
Research on Measures of EI
A Rationale Description and Application of the Mayer Salovey Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test MSCEIT
Assessing Emotional Intelligence Using the Emotional Quotient Inventory EQi and Related Instruments
Psychometric Properties of the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire TEIQue
A Measure Designed Specifically for Workplace Applications
The Assessing Emotions Scale
The Application of Emotional Intelligence in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Emotional Intelligence and Physical Health
Emotional Intelligence and Clinical Disorders
The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Education
New Directions and Conclusions
Theoretical and Methodological Considerations
Theoretical Linkages and Preliminary Empirical Relationships from Basketball
A Review

Applying EI Research
The Importance and Training of Emotional Intelligence at Work
Performance Based Measures and Practical Validity
New Directions and Alternative Approaches to the Measurement of Emotional Intelligence

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Donald Saklofske, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Division of Applied Psychology at the University of Calgary. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saskatchewan and Swinburne University, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Saklofske has published more than 150 journal articles and book chapters on intelligence, personality, individual differences and psychological assessment. In addition, he has written or edited books on the Wechsler intelligence scales, personality and intelligence, exceptional children, and educational psychology. He is the Editor of the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment and the Canadian Journal of School Psychology and Associate Editor of Personality and Individual Differences.

Con Stough, Ph.D., is a professor in cognitive neuroscience at Swinburne University, Australia.

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