Emotional intelligence in outdoor experiential leaders: a psychometric inquiry

McKelvie, Logan (2019) Emotional intelligence in outdoor experiential leaders: a psychometric inquiry. Masters dissertation, University of Cumbria. Item availability may be restricted.

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Abstract

The primary aim of this present study was twofold, firstly to explore the relative self-reported emotional intelligence of outdoor experiential leaders (n=130) in comparison to a normative control group (n=173), to better understand if embedding leaders within a socially complex field of practice impacts individuals’ emotional capacity, then exploring mediating factors such as age, experience and gender. Then secondly, to assess the internal reliability and construct validity of the emotional intelligence inventories developed to measure emotional constructs. This study used an 88 question adapted combination of inventories, which included the Schutte Self-reported Emotional Intelligence Test, Petrides Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire, and Perry et al., Reactions to Teaching Situations Survey, all of which have shown good internal reliability when assessing the four branch Mayer and Salovey framework of emotional cognitive abilities. Initial results concluded internal reliability quite high (α=.86), yet when individual inventories were assessed it indicated Cronbach’s test for internal reliability severely masked inconsistencies in variation. Further principal component analysis was conducted exploring the correlations of the factors expressly being measured by each inventory, this indicated a unifactorial trend across all inventories measuring much less variation of the EI construct than they claim to. The implications of these findings were then explored in relation to organisations training outdoor leaders within a complex socio-emotional context.

Item Type: Thesis/Dissertation (Masters)
Departments: Outdoor Studies
Additional Information: Dissertation presented in part fulfilment of the requirements of the Degree of Master of Arts in Outdoor and Experiential Learning at the University of Cumbria.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 11:01
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 11:01
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5248

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