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An item response theory analysis of the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire Short-Form (TEIQue-SF) in the workplace
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8562-5610
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology. Department of Psychology, Lund University, Lund (SWE). (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0629-353X
2022 (English)In: Heliyon, E-ISSN 2405-8440, Vol. 8, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Trait emotional intelligence (EI) predicts important outcomes in the workplace. This study is the first one that reports item and scale functioning in the workplace using item response theory (IRT) analysis of the global 30-item Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire Short-Form (TEIQue-SF). Past IRT research, performed mostly on undergraduate English-speaking students, showed that several items in TEIQue-SF were poorly informative. Data collected in Sweden from 972 employed persons were analyzed. IRT with a graded response model was utilized to analyze items of the global TEIQue-SF scale. As was found in past research, the lowest response category in all items had extreme difficulty threshold parameter values, and only low and moderate levels of latent trait EI were adequately captured, but most items had good values of the discrimination parameters, indicating adequate item informativeness. Four items, which in past research have also shown weak psychometric properties, were poorly informative. To effectively measure trait EI in today’s organizations, there is an advantage in using the most informative items to best represent this construct. 

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Elsevier, 2022. Vol. 8, no 2
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Emotional intelligence; Item Response Theory; Swedish version; Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire
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Applied Psychology Nursing Work Sciences
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Work Integrated Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-18192DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e08884ISI: 000767225100049PubMedID: 35198761Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85124159649OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-18192DiVA, id: diva2:1647851
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Supported by Kommunakademin Väst Fyrbodal (Community College West), and by a research environment at University West LINA (Learning In and For the New Working Life).

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