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Social-Emotional Adjustment, Subjective Well-Being, and Emotional Intelligence in Youth

Title: Social-Emotional Adjustment, Subjective Well-Being, and Emotional Intelligence in Youth.
Name(s): Branagan, Alexandra María, author
Pfeiffer, Steven I., professor directing dissertation
Schatschneider, Christopher, university representative
Prevatt, Frances A., committee member
Turner, Jeannine E. (Jeannine Ellen), committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (134 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: One in five youth suffer from mental illness, and even more experience subclinical symptoms, yet this pathologic focus ignores factors of mental health that contribute to flourishing. The vast majority of research on emotional intelligence and subjective well-being has been conducted on adults and little is known about their relationship to social-emotional adjustment in youth, particularly across socioeconomic status and age. The present study examined the social-emotional adjustment (using the BASC-SRP and CBCL-YSR), subjective well-being (PANAS-C and BMSLSS), and teacher-rated emotional intelligence (Pfeiffer Emotional Intelligence Scale, Revised – Teacher Report) in 136 youth (61% female) across age (mean = 12.6 years old) and socioeconomic status (32% low income). Regression and moderation analyses did not reveal any significant relationships or moderating influences between the constructs and variables. Suggestions for future research to consider separately examining the factors of emotional intelligence in relation to components of subjective well-being and facets of social-emotional adjustment are discussed. Future research is strongly encouraged to further investigate factors of mental health alongside maladjustment and sub-clinical mental illness in an effort to clarify the complex relationship between these variables and inform the development of efficacious prevention and intervention programs for youth.
Identifier: FSU_SUMMER2017_Branagan_fsu_0071E_13335 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the in partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2016.
Date of Defense: April 19, 2016.
Keywords: Adjustment, Emotional Intelligence, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Well-being, Youth
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Steven I. Pfeiffer, Professor Directing Dissertation; Christopher Schatschneider, University Representative; Frances Prevatt, Committee Member; Jeannine Turner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
Developmental psychology
Mental health
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Owner Institution: FSU

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