Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 1241–1252 | Cite as

Emotional Intelligence, Life Satisfaction, and Psychological Well-Being in Graduates: the Mediating Effect of Perceived Stress

  • Itziar UrquijoEmail author
  • Natalio Extremera
  • Aurelio Villa


This study investigated the mediating role of perceived stress in the relationship between emotional intelligence and life satisfaction and psychological well-being when controlling for personality traits. The sample included 400 graduates (278 women, 122 men) from the University of Deusto with ages ranging from 22 to 60 years. Data on emotional intelligence, perceived stress, life satisfaction, psychological well-being, and personality factor scales were collected, and bootstrap methods were used to explore the multiple mediator effects. As expected, emotional intelligence was positively associated with life satisfaction and psychological well-being. The final model revealed a significant path from emotional intelligence through perceived stress to life satisfaction and psychological well-being even controlling for personality traits as covariables. Our findings suggest an underlying process by which high emotional intelligence increases well-being in graduates by reducing the experience of stress. Limitations of the results and implications of these findings for future research are discussed.


Emotional intelligence Life satisfaction Psychological well-being Perceived stress Personality factors Graduates 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Itziar Urquijo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Natalio Extremera
    • 2
  • Aurelio Villa
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Psychology and EducationUniversity of DeustoBilbaoSpain
  2. 2.Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of MálagaMálagaSpain

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