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Emotional intelligence as a mediator in the relationship between alexithymia and coping

Hölling, Christian Michael (2019) Emotional intelligence as a mediator in the relationship between alexithymia and coping.

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Abstract:This study examined whether emotional intelligence (EI) is a mediator in the relationship between alexithymia and coping. Investigating interrelationships could help clarify similarities between EI and alexithymia implicate a new perspective on the concepts where alexithymia would suggest the presence of low EI and a poorer response to stress. Two-hundred and forty-two participants with a mean age of M = 21.96, SD = 5.40 completed an online survey. The Twenty-Item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) measured alexithymia, the Schutte’s Emotional Intelligence Scale (SEIS) measured emotional intelligence, and the COPE Inventory measured coping. Bootstrapping tested a multiple parallel mediation model. The EI subscales ‘managing own emotions’ and ‘managing others’ emotion’ were mediators in the relationship between alexithymia and problem-focused coping and emotion-focused coping. Although, technically, EI appeared as a partial mediator, a weak relationship between alexithymia and EI showed no satisfying fit of the model to predict coping and conclude mediation. Further research on the matter is recommended to use a longitudinal research approach and the Coping Inventory of Stressful Situations (CISS). Findings suggest that alexithymia and EI concern different characteristics in the individual with regards to how they cope with stress and appear as stronger predictors of coping on their own.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77156
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