Validation of the Schutte Self-Report Emotional Intelligence Test (SSEIT) on Nigerian Adolescents

Onyeka O Aniemeka, Olutope Ebenezer Akinnawo, Bede Chinonye Akpunne


A cross-sectional survey design was adopted to validate The Schutte Self-report Emotions Intelligence Test (SSEIT) using Nigerian secondary school adolescents. A multistage sampling technique was used to purposively select the 200 (mean age 16.00± 2.01) participants made up of 118 males and 82 females from four selected secondary schools in Odeda Local Government Areas of Ogun state Southwestern Nigeria. Participants responded to Schutte Self-report Emotional Intelligence Test (SSEIT) and Trait Emotional intelligence Questionnaire Short-Form) (TEIQue-SF). Observed internal consistency of SSIET showed a Cronbach's alpha coefficient of .90, a Spearman-Brown coefficient of .91 and Guttman Split-Half coefficient of .91. All items in the scale reported acceptable goodness-of-fit measures revealing corrected item-total correlations range of .60 to .83. Significant positive correlation was also observed between SSEIT and TEIQue-SF revealing concurrent validity score of (r = .656, p= .000). Determined new norms for SSEIT were scores ≥ 44.9 for male and ≥ 43.9 for female. SSEIT is gender sensitive and has acceptable psychometric properties for Nigerian population.

Keywords: Validation, emotional intelligence test, Nigerian Adolescents

DOI: 10.7176/JEP/11-18-19

Publication date:June 30th 2020

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