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The relationship between cognitive ability, emotional intelligence and negative career thoughts : a study of career-exploring adults

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dc.contributor.advisor Cilliers, F.
dc.contributor.advisor Van Eeden, R. Dahl, Arthur Dennis 2010-10-13T10:54:44Z 2010-10-13T10:54:44Z 2010-06
dc.description.abstract Career exploration and decision making can be a stressful experience, and is often accompanied by dysfunctional thinking regarding the world of work and one’s place in it. Individuals who are able to modify their negative career thoughts are more likely to navigate career exploration successfully. Factors which may influence a person’s ability to cope with dysfunctional thoughts include cognitive ability (IQ) and the inadequately explored construct of emotional intelligence (EI). Establishing the validity of EI by demonstrating its relationship to important outcomes is necessary. This study sought to determine the extent to which IQ and EI were associated with negative career thoughts and negative career thoughts change as a result of career exploration. This correlational study measured IQ using a standard measure and EI using an ability-based instrument. In addition, negative career thoughts were measured both before and after a career exploration program. One hundred ninety three unemployed adults between the ages of 25 and 60 participated in the study. Significant correlation relationships were found between IQ and aspects of negative career thoughts post program. Only one branch of the EI model, managing emotions, was seen to correlate significantly with all aspects of negative career thoughts, both before and after career exploration. No correlations were found between either IQ or EI with negative career thoughts change. Regression analysis indicated that IQ predicted overall negative career thoughts as well as decision-making confusion, but only after career exploration. Overall EI scores did not predict negative career thoughts. However, among the four branches of EI, managing emotions predicted negative career thoughts both before and after career exploration for all of global negative career thoughts, decision-making confusion, commitment anxiety, and external conflict. Neither IQ nor EI predicted negative career thoughts change. The results show that the ability to manage emotions is associated with reduced dysfunctional thinking both before and after career exploration, suggesting that EI managing may be a psychological resource that individuals use in coping with stress. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 204 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Emotional intelligence en
dc.subject Cognitive ability en
dc.subject Career decision-making en
dc.subject Career exploration en
dc.subject.ddc 153
dc.subject.lcsh Intelligence levels
dc.subject.lcsh Emotional intelligence
dc.subject.lcsh Vocational guidance
dc.subject.lcsh Integration (Theory of knowledge)
dc.subject.lcsh Negativism
dc.title The relationship between cognitive ability, emotional intelligence and negative career thoughts : a study of career-exploring adults en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Industrial and Organisational Psychology D.Litt. et Phil. (Industrial and Organisational Psychology)

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