Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Self-Reported Delinquency among College Boys
The present study aimed to examine the relationship between Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Self-Reported Delinquency (SRD) among college students and compare adolescents with high SRD and low SRD on EI. The sample consisted of 200 boys taken from different government and private colleges of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. EI scale (Wong & Law, 2002) was used to measure EI. Self Reported Delinquency Scale (SRDS) (Naqvi & Kamal, 2007) was used to measure delinquent tendencies among adolescents. Reliability of EI was found to be (.81) where as for SRDS it was (.83). Results indicated that EI is negatively correlated and it also negatively predicts SRD (r=-.502, p < .001, ∆R2 = .36). Comparison of adolescent boys with different income levels, on SRDS and EI showed that SRD is high in adolescents with low SES while it has no effects on EI (F = 19.218, p< .001). Comparison of adolescents with high delinquent tendencies and low delinquent tendencies groups were made on EI. Results indicated that EI is low in high delinquent tendencies group (t= 9.521, p < .001). The study tends to explore the effects of different family system on EI and SRDS. The results showed that adolescents living with nuclear
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