Investigation of Emotional Intelligence and Its Relationship with Academic Achievement in Medical Students of Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2008-2009

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Mehri Ghafourian-Boroujerdnia 1 , * , Zahra Chinipardaz 1 , Parvin Pasalar 1 , Abofazl Shiravy khozany 1 , Athefe Keshavarz 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Ghafourian-Boroujerdnia M, Chinipardaz Z , Pasalar P , Shiravy khozany A , Keshavarz A . Investigation of Emotional Intelligence and Its Relationship with Academic Achievement in Medical Students of Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2008-2009, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2011 ; 8(2):e59749.

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 8 (2); e59749
Published Online: January 15, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 08, 2017
Accepted: November 15, 2011

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Abstract

Background and Objectives: Emotional intelligence (EI) is a social intelligence identifying the
ability of an individual to understand others’ emotions, establish sympathy with others and adjust
his emotions with others. In fact, EI enables individuals to have a proper understanding of their
own and others’ emotions and use it in their human relationships effectively. The purpose of this
study was to determine mean of emotional intelligence in stager medical students of Tehran
University of Medical Sciences and its relationship with their academic achievement.
Methods: In this analytic-descriptive study, a total of 70 stager medical students of Tehran
University of Medical Sciences in the academic year 2007-2008 were selected and their EI was
determined by using a standard questionnaire (-cronbach=0.937) consisted of 90 questions.
Moreover, the relationship between EI and variables of age, sex, student’s rank in the university
entrance exam, grade point average and satisfaction of the field of study was determined. Data
analysis was done through SPSS 16 software package.
Results: Mean EI of the subjects in all 15 domains of the questionnaire were lower than the
standard values. Minimum score belonged to the interpersonal relationships and maximum score
belonged to the good-view. None of the studied variables showed significant relationship with
emotional intelligence (p >0.05).
Conclusion: The results of this study emphasize on the necessity of more educational planning for
increasing emotional intelligence of stager medical students during their educational period. In this
way they can achieve better academic achievement and do their internship responsibilities more
efficiently. However, lack of enough information about emotional intelligence requires further
studies.

Keywords

Emotional intelligence Academic achievement Medical students

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