This study contributes to the sports psychology literature by examining an existing paucity in the application of Emotional Intelligence (EI) theory and models to the athletic domain. Four branches of the ability model of EI (perceiving emotions, using emotions, understanding emotions, and managing emotions) were examined in relation to team cohesiveness (task, social, and overall) and team performance disaggregated by gender. The Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) was used to assess the EI level of participants. Team cohesiveness was measured using the Group Environment Questionnaire (GEQ). The findings indicted that EI only had a significant effect on team cohesiveness social when moderated by gender, while the other relationships were not found to be statistically significant when moderated by gender. No significant relationship was discovered between EI and team cohesiveness in female athletes. No significant difference existed between males and females on a model containing four branches of emotional intelligence. A significant difference between gender and team cohesiveness was found. The final analysis of emotional intelligence, team cohesiveness, and team performance indicated that a significant relationship did exist. Team cohesiveness task made the strongest contribution to team performance. Managing emotions made a significant negative contribution to team performance.
|Commitee:||Astin, John, Koman, Elizabeth|
|Department:||Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 75/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Cognitive psychology, Physiological psychology|
|Keywords:||Athletics, Community colleges, Emotional intelligence, Gender, Team cohesiveness|
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