Date of Graduation

Fall 2010

Degree

Master of Science in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

David Lutz

Keywords

emotional intelligence, emotional stability, job performance, job retention, law enforcement

Subject Categories

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between emotional intelligence, as measured by the BarOn EQ i:s, and emotional stability, as measured by a low score on the Neuroticism scale of the NEO PI-R. Secondly, it looked at general intellectual ability, emotional intelligence, and emotional stability as predictors of job retention and performance in the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). Current research suggests that emotional intelligence may in some occupations perform comparably or even better than general intellectual ability. There is also evidence that higher emotional intelligence scores may be associated with job retention. The relationship between emotional intelligence and emotional stability was examined to determine the extent of overlap between the two constructs. The hypotheses suggested that emotional intelligence and emotional stability would be moderately to highly correlated. It was also expected that both emotional intelligence and emotional stability would be positively related to training performance and retention in the AFOSI, and that both would predict variance beyond that of general intellectual ability. Results from this study suggest that although emotional intelligence and emotional stability were highly correlated, neither appeared to be predictive of performance or retention in the AFOSI. KEYWORDS: emotional intelligence, emotional stability, job performance, job retention, law enforcement

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