Demographic Correlates of Emotional Intelligence (EI) among Teachers in Nepal
Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to know and manage emotions well. Identifying how the socio-demographic factors relate to teachers’ emotional intelligence was the general objective of this study. A correlational study was conducted among 519 teachers of Kathmandu and Palpa from 20 schools and 5 colleges. Data were collected by convenience sampling using the survey method. Assessment of Emotions Scale (AES), a psychological test to assess EI, was translated to Nepali language and used as a tool for data collection. Data about some demographic characteristics (like age, gender, religion, etc.) were also collected. The EI did not correlate to age, r= .08, p>.05 and income, r=-.02, p>.05. It was also found by a t-test that gender, marital status, religious affiliation, and family type did not affect the EI of teachers. Lack of relationship may imply emotional intelligence as an inherited ability, not an acquired one.
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