≪Organizer Abstract≫
The main aim of this Thematic Symposium is to present some of the instruments constructed within a framework of emotional intelligence (EI) construct, and to find out the solutions in solving problems emerging during translation and adaptation of EI measures in cross cultural settings. Researchers from countries on four continents (North and South America, Asia and Europe) will present the data obtained on instruments they have constructed.
The most comprehensive definition of EI defines it as a four-level set of ability (Mayer and Salovey, 1997). Currently two the most popular models of emotional intelligence provide alternative theoretical frameworks for operationalization of the construct: a) a self-report measure, and b) an ability conception. Ability measures have the advantage of representing an individual's performance level on a task, while self-report measures are filtered through a person's self-concept. Relevance of validation of both types of EI instruments in cultural contexts will be discussed.
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