RELATIONS BETWEEN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND INTELLECTUAL QUOTIENT REGARDING ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Nélida Pérez Pérez y Juan Luis Castejón
Universidad de Alicante
The present work has as its main objective the analysis of existing relations between different tests of emotional intelligence and a traditional measurement of intelligence, and between both variables and the academic performance in a sample of university students from different departments. The participants were 250 registered university students from different departments of technical and humanistic studies, of which approximately half were men and the other half women. Two tests of emotional intelligence were applied, the TMMS-24 and the Schutte et al. (1998) test, along with a test of general intelligence, the g factor test of Cattell & Cattell, third level, different global performance indicators being gathered. The results showed the existence of correlations, between moderate and high, all of them significant ones, between the different aspects of emotional intelligence that were evaluated. On the other hand, practically null correlations were observed, between the intellectual quotient that defines traditional psychometrical intelligence and the different factors of emotional intelligence evaluated in the study. In addition, significant correlations were found between emotional intelligence and some indicators of academic performance, even when the effect of the IQ was maintained constant. These results seem to indicate the independence of the two kinds of intelligence, in line with the results of other investigations, as well as a moderate, although significant effect of emotional intelligence on the academic performance.