Current Research in Psychology

Relationship between Fathers’ Emotional Intelligence and Their Children’s

Mojgan Mirza and Ma’rof Redzuan

DOI : 10.3844/crpsp.2011.115.120

Current Research in Psychology

Volume 2, Issue 1

Pages 115-120


Problem statement: The Emotional Intelligence (EI) construct is a relatively new concept with little empirical research, particularly that related to the link between a fatherÂ’s emotional intelligence and that of his childÂ’s. Approach: This study attempts to assess the relationship between fathersÂ’ and their childrenÂ’s EI skills. This study consisted of three groups (N = 107: year 2, n = 38; year 3, n = 34; year 4, n = 35) of Iranian children who enrolled in Iranian primary school (2007-2008) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and their fathers. The data were collected by employing two selected instruments; Bar-OnÂ’s EQi Adult and Youth Version. Results: Pearson correlation between subscales of the father’s and childrenÂ’s EI was statistically significant. A ranking, based on the magnitude of the correlation between subscales of fatherÂ’s and their childrenÂ’s EI, was shown as stress management, interpersonal, intrapersonal, general mood and adaptability. It was found that the majority of the children who were in a higher category of EI skills had fathers who were also from the higher level of emotional intelligence. Conclusion/Recommendation: With regard to the findings, the many factors related to father and childrenÂ’s EI are important aspects of psychological researchers to consider it for a research topic.


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