15. Emotional intelligence, victimisation, bullying & attitudes
2 April, 2015
Rachel in Adolescent EI, EI assessment for schools, Emotional issues in teenagers, The benefits of emotional intelligence in schools

Summarised by Rachel Green, Director, The Emotional Intelligence Institute, accredited user of the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso-Emotional-Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) and author of "How to develop emotional resilience and manage your emotions."

 This is a summary of a recent Australian study, published in 2014, investigating the relationship between emotional intelligence, or its lack, and bullying behaviours in high school children.


The results reinforce previous school based Emotional Intelligence research findings in consistently showing that emotional intelligence not only has significant associations with bullying and victimisation but is also a significant independent predictor of the propensity for peer victimisation and problematic behaviours. These results have implications for the management and reduction of bullying and victimisation in secondary schools.

Emotional intelligence, victimisation, bullying behaviours and attitudes

by: Chantelle Schokman, Luke A. Downey, Justine Lomas, Dirk Wellham, Andrew Wheaton, Nathan Simmons, and Professor Con Stough.

Published in: Learning and Individual Differences (2014).

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284 male and female adolescents attending secondary school in Australia: 59 females, 224 males, aged 11-18 years.

Attended a mixture of single sex and co-educational schools.


All participants completed the

  1. Adolescent version of the Swinburne University Emotional Intelligence Test,
  2. Peer Relations Questionnaire
  3. Revised Pro-victim Scale.


Significant associations between bullying, victimisation, pro-victim attitudes and the Emotional Intelligence dimensions.

Significant predictors of engaging in bullying were:

  1. Greater Understanding of Emotions.
  2. Lower Emotional Management and Control.
  3. Being male.
  4. Having weaker Pro-Victim Attitudes.

Pro-Social behaviours were predicted by the female gender and greater Understanding Emotions.

 Read the full article here.

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