Emotional Intelligence as Personality: Measurement and Role of Trait Emotional Intelligence in Educational Contexts

  • K. V. PetridesEmail author
  • Maria-Jose Sanchez-Ruiz
  • Alex B. Siegling
  • Donald H. Saklofske
  • Stella Mavroveli
Part of the The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)


Trait emotional intelligence (trait EI or trait emotional self-efficacy) is formally defined as a constellation of emotional perceptions assessed through questionnaires and rating scales (Petrides et al. Br J Psychol 98:273–289, 2007). The construct describes our perceptions of our emotional world (e.g., how good we believe we are in terms of understanding, managing, and utilizing our own and other people’s emotions). Although it has been empirically demonstrated that these perceptions affect virtually every area of our life, the present chapter focuses exclusively on their role in education. We begin with a brief overview of trait EI theory and measures that have been salient in education research, with particular emphasis on scales developed for children and adolescents. Subsequently, we summarize the effects of trait EI on academic performance and related variables across primary, secondary, and tertiary education. The review of the evidence indicates that research-based applications of trait EI theory in educational settings can yield concrete and lasting advantages for both individuals and schools.


Trait emotional intelligence Measurement TEIQue Children and adolescents Postsecondary education Academic performance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. V. Petrides
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria-Jose Sanchez-Ruiz
    • 2
  • Alex B. Siegling
    • 3
  • Donald H. Saklofske
    • 4
  • Stella Mavroveli
    • 5
  1. 1.London Psychometric Laboratory, University College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Lebanese American UniversityBeirutLebanon
  3. 3.University College LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  5. 5.Imperial College LondonLondonUK

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