Convergent, discriminant, and incremental validity of competing measures of emotional intelligence.

Academic Article


  • This study investigated the convergent, discriminant, and incremental validity of one ability test of emotional intelligence (EI)--the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso-Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT)--and two self-report measures of EI--the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i) and the self-report EI test (SREIT). The MSCEIT showed minimal relations to the EQ-i and SREIT, whereas the latter two measures were moderately interrelated. Among EI measures, the MSCEIT was discriminable from well-studied personality and well-being measures, whereas the EQ-i and SREIT shared considerable variance with these measures. After personality and verbal intelligence were held constant, the MSCEIT was predictive of social deviance, the EQ-i was predictive of alcohol use, and the SREIT was inversely related to academic achievement. In general, results showed that ability EI and self-report EI are weakly related and yield different measurements of the same person.
  • Authors

  • Brackett, Marc A
  • Mayer, John D.
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • September 2003
  • Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Discriminant Analysis
  • Emotions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intelligence
  • Male
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 15189610
  • Start Page

  • 1147
  • End Page

  • 1158
  • Volume

  • 29
  • Issue

  • 9