Relationship between Family Environment and Emotional Intelligence:Examination of the Moderating Factor
Fataneh Naghavi1, Marof Redzuan2
1School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.
2Department of Social and Development Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, University Putra, Malaysia.
Abstract: Although a bulk of literature indicates that family environment influence emotional intelligence, the level of education as one of the important determinants which buffers this effect received little empirical attention. The current study investigated the moderating role of father’s education on the relationships between family environment and emotional intelligence among 234 early adolescents (girls and boys) in grades 2 and 3 of guidance schools of Tehran, Iran. Data were collected using the Emotional Quotient Inventory Youth Version (Bar- on EQ-i; YV, 2000) and the Moos and Moos Family Environment Scale. Results revealed that family environment fostered emotional intelligence in their early adolescents. Furthermore, the findings demonstrated that father’s education moderated the relationship between family environment and emotional intelligence. Specifically, early adolescents tended to indicate more emotional intelligence at higher levels of family environment when fathers have high level of education. These findings underscore the need for continued focus on the role of parent’s education when assessing the links between family environment and early adolescent’s emotional intelligence.
[Fataneh Naghavi, Ma’rof Redzuan. Relationships between Family Environment and Emotional Intelligence: Examination of the Moderating Factor. Life Sci J 2012;9(1):391-395]. (ISSN:1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com. 57
Key Words: Early Adolescent; Family environment; Emotional intelligence; Emotional Quotient Inventory Youth Version; Father’s education; Education moderated; Moderating factor Full Text 57