Emotional Intelligence (EI) emerged in the 1990s as an ability based construct analogous to general Intelligence. An evaluation of construct validity: What is this thing called emotional intelligence?
However, over the past 3 decades two further, conceptually distinct forms of EI have emerged (often termed “trait EI” and “mixed model EI”) along with a large number of psychometric tools designed to measure these forms. doi: 10.1016/20 Cross Ref Full Text | Google Scholar Van Rooy, D.
A further characteristic of many early measures was their failure to discriminate between measures of typical and maximal performance. Children's emotion processing: Relations to emotionality and aggression.
In particular, some test developers moved away from pure ability based questions and utilized self-report questions (i.e., questions asking participants to rate behavioral tendencies and/or abilities rather than objectively assessing their abilities; e.g., Schutte et al., 1998). doi: 10.1037/apl0000365 Pub Med Abstract | Cross Ref Full Text | Google Scholar Schultz, D., Izard, C.
In this paper we seek to provide guidance to researchers and practitioners seeking to utilize EI in their work. Faking on self-report emotional intelligence and personality tests: Effects of faking opportunity, cognitive ability, and job type.
We first provide an overview of the different conceptualizations of EI.
To assist users with accessing measures, we include web links to complete EI questionaries for freely available measures and to websites and/or example items for copyrighted measures.
For readers interested in reviews relating primarily to EI constructs, theory and outcomes rather than specifically measures of EI, we recommend a number of recent high quality publications (e.g., Kun and Demetrovics, 2010; Gutiérrez-Cobo et al., 2016).
We take into account such factors as test length, number of facets measured and whether tests are freely available. doi: 10.1037/a0034138 Pub Med Abstract | Cross Ref Full Text | Google Scholar Siegling, A.
Consequently we also provide recommendations both for users willing to purchase tests and those preferring to utilize freely available measures.