Ferrier, David E.
Warren, Amye; Clark, Amanda J.
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Emotional intelligence (EI) contributes to optimal social functioning and is predictive of numerous positive outcomes (Gallagher & Vella-Brodrick, 2008). Existing research has indicated a relationship between emotional development of an individual and the family system in which they were raised, however limited exploration has been done examining the influence of the family structure. The current study examined EI of adults raised in dual parent households, single mother households, and single father households. Four hundred and seventy-five participants from dual parent, single mother, and single father households responded to a series of measures assessing emotional intelligence, emotional competence, subjective happiness, and perceived quality of relationships. Consistent with prior research, results indicated that individuals raised in dual parent households had significantly higher EI than those raised in single parent households. However, no significant difference was found in EI between adults raised in single mother homes compared to single father homes.
M. A.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Arts.
Children of single parents; Emotional intelligence
vii, 58 leaves
Sloan, Mary, "Emotional intelligence of adults raised in different family structures" (2020). Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.