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Examining emotional intelligence in older adults with chronic pain: a factor analysis approach.

Authors
  • Condon, Shelley E1, 2
  • Parmelee, Patricia A1, 2
  • Smith, Dylan M3
  • 1 Psychology Department, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA.
  • 2 Alabama Research Institute on Aging, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA.
  • 3 Department of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine, Program in Public Health, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Aging & Mental Health
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2021
Volume
25
Issue
2
Pages
213–218
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2019.1673308
PMID: 31621378
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The current study explored whether the three-factor structure of an emotional intelligence measure (attention to emotions, clarity in understanding emotions, and emotion regulation) developed in a sample of college students would replicate in a sample of older adults with chronic pain. Confirmatory and exploratory factor analyses were conducted to examine the factor structure of the 30-item Trait Meta-Mood Scale among 340 older adults with knee osteoarthritis. Confirmatory factor analyses indicated that the original three-factor model of emotional intelligence did not fit well with the data for older adults. Exploratory factor analyses revealed a four-factor model of emotional intelligence: (1) confusion, (2) acceptance, (3) rejection, and (4) insight. Correlations between the original and new subscales were explored. While the newly derived emotional intelligence scales resembled the original conceptualization of emotional intelligence proposed by Salovey, Mayer, Goldman, Turvey, and Palfai (1995), the current study highlights the differences in emotional intelligence likely representative of older adults with chronic pain.

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