"Emotional Intelligence Assessment of Young Indian Adults: A Pilot Study for Intervention Planning"

Authors

Suchitra Srivastava, Research Scholar, Dr. Sandhya Sinha, Dean Research & Assistant Professor
Maharishi University of Information Technology, Lucknow, India.

Abstract

Emotional intelligence (EI) has been reported to play a major role in the success and happiness of individuals. Researchers such as Goleman have emphatically stated that it contributed to about eighty percent while the balance could be accounted for by the traditional intelligence as conceptualized in literature on intelligence. The present study was carried out to assess the EI of young Indians who were in their twenties. This period was that of transition to adulthood and the emotional capabilities during this stage was hypothesized to play a major role in the life ahead. The EI scale developed by Schutte and her associates in 1998 was used to assess the EI levels of 310 young adults drawn randomly from Delhi, India. The distribution of EI with respect to age, gender and occupational status were analyzed using SPSS 20. The analysis revealed significant variation in EI with respect to age and occupational status. No significant difference was observed on the basis of gender. The findings of the study may be utilized to highlight the emotional caliber of the young Indians. It may also help the policy makers in the educational sector as well as in the industry to develop suitable interventions to hone the emotional quotient of the individuals so that they were better equipped to face the challenges of life and work.