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Investigating Trait Emotional Intelligence as a Predictor of Humility: A Quantitative Study
by Kähli, Jill, Ph.D., Capella University, 2021, 158; 28318391
Abstract (Summary)

This research examined trait emotional intelligence as a predictor of humility among a sample of adults in three age categories of young, middle, and older adults. The sample size consisted of 141 participants. Participants completed two surveys measuring each construct, the TEIQue-full form and the Expressed Humility Scale. Standard and stepwise multiple regression analyses were conducted to answer three research questions. The first question was, do the 15 facets of trait EI, including adaptability, assertiveness, emotion expression, emotion management, emotion perception, emotion regulation, impulsiveness, relationships, self-esteem, self-motivation, social awareness, stress management, empathy, happiness, and optimism predict general humility? The second research question was, what is the unique contribution of each trait EI facet to predict general humility? The third research question was, what is the best combination of trait EI facets to predict general humility? The findings supported all three research questions. Global trait EI scores predicted humility scores, (F(15, 125) = 9.753, p < .001, adj. R2 = .48). Of the 15 facets of trait EI, only empathy predicted humility when the other 14 facets were statistically controlled, (t = 5.50 p < .001). The unique combination of empathy, self-motivation, and optimism predicted humility, (R2 = .502, F(3, 137) = 46.05, p < .001; adjusted R2 = .491). These findings indicate that emotional intelligence could be an important construct that cultivates humility.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fernandez, Loraine
Commitee: Vogele Welch, Deborah, Vail, Tom
School: Capella University
Department: School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 82/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology
Keywords: Emotional Intelligence, Humility
Publication Number: 28318391
ISBN: 9798582546016
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