Thesis Title: Emotional Intelligence and Delinquent Beliefs in Adolescents

Student Name: Sidra Sharif

Supervisor: Zaeema Farooq

Degree: MSc

Year: 2016-2018

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract

The present research aimed to investigate the relationship between emotional intelligence and delinquent beliefs in adolescents. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be negative relationship between emotional intelligence (perception of emotions, manage own emotions, manage others emotions, utilization of emotions) and delinquent beliefs. It was also hypothesized that perception of emotions (manage own emotions, manage others emotions and utilization of emotions) would predict delinquent beliefs. Purposive sampling technique was used to collect sample N = 200 (n = 141 female, n = 59 male) with age range of 13 to 20 years. Schutte Self-Report Emotional Intelligence Test (SSEIT; Schutte et al., 1998) and Delinquent Beliefs – Rochester Youth Development questionnaire (Thornberry et al., 1994) were used for data collection. Correlational analysis revealed that there was a negative relationship between emotional intelligence and delinquent beliefs in adolescents. Hierarchical regression analysis showed that manage own emotions and utilization of emotions negatively predicted delinquent beliefs. However, gender positively predicted delinquent beliefs, which means boys had more delinquent beliefs rather than girls. This study would be helpful especially in understanding emotions and enhance the abilities of emotional intelligence to reduce delinquent beliefs.

Keywords:      Emotional      intelligence,      delinquent      beliefs, adolescents.

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