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Emotional Intelligence as Predictor of Self-Actualization.

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College of Nursing - University of Bohol

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One of the factors that influence self-actualization is emotional intelligence. Being in control of one's emotions and behavior is an important quality for an older adult to attain self-actualization. This correlational study utilized a multi-stage sample of 180 senior citizens in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. A 3-part instrument package was utilized to (1) describe the respondents' demographic profile and obtain measures for their (2) emotional intelligence using the 30-item Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire- Short Form (TEIQue-SF) and (3) self-actualization using a 16-item questionnaire developed by Boyum (2004). The study made use of descriptive-correlational design to test the hypothesis that the level of self-actualization of older adults is influenced by their level of emotional intelligence. Data analyses revealed that majority of the older adults in the sample have high levels of emotional intelligence and self-actualization. A Somer's further indicated that emotional intelligence is associated with self-actualization (p=.004). This signifies that older adults who are emotionally intelligent have a higher probability to be self-actualized. Basing from the study findings, respecting the emotions of older adults and be treated as individuals with dignity is highly recommended. 

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