Emotional intelligence, personality, and task-induced stress.


Journal Article

Emotional intelligence (EI) may predict stress responses and coping strategies in a variety of applied settings. This study compares EI and the personality factors of the Five Factor Model (FFM) as predictors of task-induced stress responses. Participants (N = 200) were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 task conditions, 3 of which were designed to be stressful. Results confirmed that low EI was related to worry states and avoidance coping, even with the FFM statistically controlled. However, EI was not specifically related to task-induced changes in stress state. Results also confirmed that Neuroticism related to distress, worry, and emotion-focused coping, and Conscientiousness predicted use of task-focused coping. The applied utility of EI and personality measures is discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Matthews, G; Emo, AK; Funke, G; Zeidner, M; Roberts, RD; Costa, PT; Schulze, R

Published Date

  • June 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 96 - 107

PubMed ID

  • 16802891

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16802891

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1076-898X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/1076-898X.12.2.96


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States