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Reliability and factor structure of a trait emotional intelligence measure in four Arab countries

Reliability and factor structure of a trait emotional intelligence measure in four Arab countries Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the reliability and factor structure of the Arabic translation of the Emotional Intelligence Scale (EIS‐41‐A), a popular trait‐based emotional intelligence test in Arab countries. Design/methodology/approach – A sample of 453 professionals from Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE completed the EIS‐41‐A. Findings – Findings show that the Arabic scale did have acceptable reliability and demonstrated the same factor structure as the original English language scale. Research limitations/implications – Limitations of the study include the small sample size from some of the countries included. Originality/value – This is the first paper to investigate the characteristics of an Arabic language emotional intelligence scale and opens the door to further research on emotional intelligence in the Arab world. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues Emerald Publishing

Reliability and factor structure of a trait emotional intelligence measure in four Arab countries

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1753-7983
DOI
10.1108/17537981211225871
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the reliability and factor structure of the Arabic translation of the Emotional Intelligence Scale (EIS‐41‐A), a popular trait‐based emotional intelligence test in Arab countries. Design/methodology/approach – A sample of 453 professionals from Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE completed the EIS‐41‐A. Findings – Findings show that the Arabic scale did have acceptable reliability and demonstrated the same factor structure as the original English language scale. Research limitations/implications – Limitations of the study include the small sample size from some of the countries included. Originality/value – This is the first paper to investigate the characteristics of an Arabic language emotional intelligence scale and opens the door to further research on emotional intelligence in the Arab world.

Journal

Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern IssuesEmerald Publishing

Published: May 11, 2012

Keywords: Egypt; Kuwait; Saudi Arabia; United Arab Emirates; Psychology; Behaviour; Intelligence; Factor structure; Emotional Intelligence Scale

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