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The Assessing Emotions Scale
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The Assessing Emotions Scale
Nicola S. Schutte, John M. Malouff and Navjot Bhullar
The Assessing Emotions Scale is a 33-item self-report inventory focusing on typical emotional intelligence. Respondents rate themselves on the items using a fivepoint scale. Respondents require on average five minutes to complete the scale. Total scale scores are calculated by reverse coding items 5, 28 and 33, and then summing all items. Scores can range from 33 to 165, with higher scores indicating more characteristic emotional intelligence.
A principal components analysis of a pool of items representing branches of the Salovey and Mayer (1990) emotional intelligence model identified a strong first factor (Schutte, Malouff, Hall, Haggerty, Cooper, Golden, & Dornheim, 1998). This factor included items from all branches of the model. Based on these results, Schutte et al.(1998) recommended using total scores on the 33-item scale.
Several other factor analytic studies focusing on the structure of the scale have also found a one factor solution (Brackett & Mayer, 2003), in some cases as having reasonable fit along with a fit for subfactors (Ciarrochi, Chan, and Bajgar, 2001) or as a higher order factor with associated subfactors (Gignac, Palmer, Manocha, & Stough, 2005), while other studies have suggested, based on identification of factors within the scale, focus on subfactors rather than a higher order factor (Petrides & Furnham, 2000; Saklofske, Austin, & Minski, 2003).
Administration, Scoring and Interpretation
- A copy of the Scale
- A pen or pencil for each participant
- A quiet room where participants can complete the Scale without interruption
Reliability and Validity
In the development sample of 346 participants, Schutte et al. (1998) found the internal consistency of the Assessing Emotions Scale, as measured by Cronbach’s alpha, to be .90. Numerous other studies have reported the internal consistency of the 33 item scale. Table 2 shows the internal consistency, measured through Cronbach’s alpha, for diverse samples. The mean alpha across samples is .87.
Assessing Emotional Intelligence (pp.119-134)Edition: 1stPublisher: US: Springer Publishing Editors: C Stough, D Saklofske, J Parker
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