Title Short- and Midterm Effects of Emotional Intelligence Training on Adolescent Mental Health
Authors RUIZ ARANDA, DESIREE, Castillo, Ruth , Martin Salguero, Jose , Cabello, Rosario , Fernandez-Berrocal, Pablo , Balluerka, Nekane
External publication Si
Means J. Adolesc. Health
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 1
SJR Quartile 1
JCR Impact 2.96600
SJR Impact 1.48600
Publication date 01/11/2012
ISI 000310353300009
DOI 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.02.003
Abstract Purpose: To analyze the effects that an emotional intelligence (EI) educational program based on the EI ability model had on adolescent mental health immediately and 6 months after completion of the training.\n Methods: A pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design with a treatment and a control group was used; 479 Spanish adolescents (47.4% male, mean age of 13 years) were involved in the study. Adolescents were recruited through several schools in three Spanish cities. The 2-year training program involved 24 sessions lasting 1 hour each, conducted \'weekly during 6 months of 2009 and 2010. Data on psychological adjustment, mental health, and negative affect were collected at baseline, at the end of the training program, and 6 months later. Data were analyzed by multivariate analysis of covariance.\n Results: Students who participated in the EI educational program reported fewer clinical symptoms compared with students in the control group, and these differences persisted 6 months after the conclusion of the program.\n Conclusions: These results suggest that EI programs created to develop skills in perceiving, facilitating, understanding, and managing emotions can be effective at promoting mental health in adolescents. (C) 2012 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. All rights reserved.
Keywords Emotional intelligence; Training program; Mental health; Adolescence
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