Committee Chair

Ferrier, David E.

Committee Member

Warren, Amye; Clark, Amanda

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

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.

Degree

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.

Date

5-2020

Subject

Children of single parents; Emotional intelligence

Keyword

adults; ei; emotional intelligence; family systems theory; single fathers

Document Type

Masters theses

DCMI Type

Text

Extent

vii, 58 leaves.

Language

English

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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