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Constructs of social and emotional effectiveness: Different labels, same content?

Published inJournal of Research in Personality, vol. 47, no. 4, p. 249-253
Publication date2013

Social skills, interpersonal competence, political skill, emotional intelligence, empathy, and emotion recognition ability all belong to the domain of social and emotional effectiveness constructs (SEECs). To date, it remains unclear to what extent SEECs overlap and differ and how they fit in the nomological net of personality. We examined the overall dimensional structure of 32 scales from five self-report and three performance-based instruments, representing the above-mentioned constructs. Four components, namely Expressivity, Sensitivity, Emotional Abilities, and Self-Control, were identified and correlated meaningfully with the Big Five. Trait emotional intelligence and other self-reported SEECs overlapped largely rather than measuring separate constructs. This study provides the basis for a taxonomy of SEECs that will help integrating previous and future research in this domain.

  • Emotional competence
  • Social skills
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SCHLEGEL, Katja, GRANDJEAN, Didier Maurice, SCHERER, Klaus R. Constructs of social and emotional effectiveness: Different labels, same content? In: Journal of Research in Personality, 2013, vol. 47, n° 4, p. 249–253. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2013.02.005
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