Measuring success in life via components of social and emotional intelligence and quality of life

Kimberly Terrell, Tennessee State University


Children must be motivated enough to understand that a high quality of life is obtainable. The purpose of this study was to examine if success, as indicated by life satisfaction or a high quality of life, can be attained by way of emotional intelligence. The problem is whether emotional and/or social intelligence is a true survival technique towards a perceived level of happiness. This research study consisted of 96 college freshmen. Their consent for participation in the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQue-SF) was the survey used as an attempt to measure comparatively independent common personality variables and to measure the global trait emotional intelligence. The survey consisted of a 30 item questionnaire whose results were capable of evaluating the participants` feelings about himself or herself. The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) was used to measure life`s satisfaction. This subjective survey measures at least three components of well being: positive affective appraisal, negative affective appraisal, and life satisfaction. Life satisfaction can be assessed specific to a particular domain of life (e.g., work, family) or globally. The SWLS consists of 5 items that are completed by the individual whose life satisfaction is being measured.

Subject Area

Social psychology|Psychology|Cognitive psychology

Recommended Citation

Kimberly Terrell, "Measuring success in life via components of social and emotional intelligence and quality of life" (2010). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1529295.