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Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Lela Joscelyn, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Emotional intelligence; Families; Teenagers--Attitudes


The present study attempted to evaluate an association between emotional intelligence and the family dynamics of adolescents. Historically, emotional intelligence has been conceptualized as a predictor for future positive or negative personal experiences and behaviors, while the present study is concerned with the factors that may predict or influence emotional intelligence. Specifically, factors relating to the family were examined to determine if there was any relationship to emotional intelligence in an adolescent population. In particular, the study sought to determine if the emotional intelligence of adolescents was associated with 1) whom the adolescent lives 2) the number of siblings the adolescent has 3) the parenting style which the adolescent experiences 4) the acceptance of emotional expression within the household and 5) the reward and punishment style used within the home. The participants consisted of 54 women and 32 men. All of the participants were enrolled students at Hartford High School, in Wisconsin, and were between the ages of 16 and 18. Participants provided basic demographic information and completed two surveys, the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire Short Form (TEIQue-SF), and a family dynamics analysis. Interactions with emotional intelligence were found when examining the number of siblings that an adolescent had, as well as with the type of reward or punishment used within the household. Significant associations between emotional intelligence and family dynamics were only observed when considering the type of reinforcement (i.e. tangible or emotional) used by parents within a household.


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