The impact of emotional intelligence on problem behaviour among adolescents in Malaysia

Yap, Ming Hui and Koh, Doh Hian and Yap, Chin Choo * and Tan, Soon Aun and Gan, Su Wan (2019) The impact of emotional intelligence on problem behaviour among adolescents in Malaysia. The European Proceedings of Social & Behavioural Sciences, 67. pp. 55-63. ISSN 2357-1330

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Juvenile offences are on the rise over the recent years and have led to serious societal concern in Malaysia. Thus, this study was designed to investigate the relationship of both interpersonal and intrapersonal emotional intelligence relating to problem behaviours among adolescents in Malaysia. A quantitative research design method and cross-sectional research design was selected as our main data collection method to obtain data from different age groups and demography status of populations at same period. By using multistage cluster sampling method, 600 school-going adolescents from Penang, Perak and Johor were recruited and 496 sets of questionnaires were completed. The age of the participants ranged from 13 to 17 (m = 15.07, SD = 1.08). Profile of Emotional (PEC) scale and Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) were used as the instruments to assess the variables understudy. The results showed that both intrapersonal and interpersonal emotional intelligence were negatively correlated with problem behaviours. Furthermore, multiple regression analysis revealed that intrapersonal emotional intelligence is the only significant predictor in explaining adolescents’ problem behaviours. This research provides empirical support to the importance of intrapersonal emotional intelligence in discouraging adolescents from developing problem behaviours.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescents; emotional intelligence; predictor; behavioural problem
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Sunway University > School of Engineering and Technology [formerly School of Science and Technology until 2020] > Dept. Psychology moved to SMLS wef 2021
Others > Non Sunway Academics
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2019 01:26
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2019 01:26

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