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Psychometrics of the Emotional Intelligence Scale in Elite, Amateur and Non-athletes

Vaughan, Robert and Laborde, Sylvain (2017) Psychometrics of the Emotional Intelligence Scale in Elite, Amateur and Non-athletes. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess the psychometrics properties of the Emotional Intelligence Scale (Schutte et al., 1998) and assess the measurement invariance across elite (n = 367), amateur (n = 629) and non-athletes (n = 550). In total, 1,546 participants from various sports completed the emotional intelligence scale. Several competing models were compared through exploratory structural equation modelling. The analyses were performed on the whole sample before subsequent invariance testing between athletic groups. The internal consistency of the scale was tested through Omega for the total scale and relevant subscales, which indicated largely unacceptable levels of stability. Results failed to support the purported unidimensional or four factor models proposed in the literature. However, a six-factor model provided the best fit to the data. Nonetheless, there was no evidence for weak or strong invariance suggesting that the scale may not be appropriate for use within athletic samples.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is an accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science on 04/12/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1091367X.2017.1405811"
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1091367X.2017.1405811
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF698-698.9 Personality
School/Department: School of Psychological & Social Sciences
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2640

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