Emotional intelligence, sense of coherence and coping behaviour
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between emotional intelligence, sense of coherence and coping behaviour in a group of students at a South African university. An availability sample of 101 students completed self-report measures of emotional intelligence, sense of coherence and coping behaviour. The measures were found to be valid and reliable in this particular group and the means and standard deviations calculated were comparable with those mentioned in literature. It was further found that emotional intelligence was better able, than sense of coherence, to predict the following coping strategies: turning to religion, suppression of competing activities, planning, active coping and problem solving. Emotional intelligence and sense of coherence were both good predictors of the coping strategy positive reinterpretation and growth. It was concluded that individuals with a high emotional intelligence have developed more effective coping strategies than individuals who do not have well-developed emotional abilities. Practical implications of the findings are indicated.
- Humanities