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Emotional intelligence as a basis for self-esteem in young adults.

Authors
  • 1
  • 1 a City University of Hong Kong. , (Hong Kong SAR China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of psychology
Publication Date
Volume
149
Issue
1-2
Pages
63–84
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00223980.2013.838540
PMID: 25495163
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

As self-esteem is likely to build on favorable social experiences, such as those derived from achievement (i.e., GPA) and social competence, emotional intelligence is likely to be pivotal in fostering social experiences conducive to self-esteem. Accordingly, emotional intelligence is likely to underlie social competence and mediate the contribution of achievement to self-esteem. This uncharted role is the focus of this study, which surveyed 405 undergraduates in Hong Kong, China. Results demonstrated the pivotal role of emotional intelligence. Essentially, emotional intelligence appeared to be a strong determinant of self-esteem and explain away the positive effect of social competence on self-esteem. The results imply the value of raising emotional intelligence in order to consolidate the basis for the young adult's self-esteem.

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