Emotional intelligence in high-ability students: A comparative study between Spain and England

Maria Dolores Prieto, Carmen Ferrándiz, Mercedes Ferrando, Marta Sáinz, Rosario Bermejo, Daniel Hernández-Torrano

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Introduction. The aim of this study is two fold: a) to compare the emotional intelligence characteristics between G&T and non-G&T students in two geographies (Spain and England), using two samples (English and Spanish); and b) to study the differences by gender. Method. The total sample was 474 students: 202 G&T English and Spanish and 272 non-G&T English and Spanish (aged 6 to 12 years old). The instrument used was the EQ-i:YV (Emotional Intelligence Inventory: Young Version, Bar-On & Parker, 2000). Results and conclusions. The results indicated differences between the perception of emotional intelligence of Spanish G&T and English G&T students. As for geography, gender and the existence of G&T or not, we found that the English non-G&T girls obtained higher scores than the other groups in the stress management dimension. In addition, we found gender interaction for the interpersonal dimension. Results indicated that girls obtained higher scores than boys.

Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)297-320
Number of pages24
JournalElectronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2008


  • Emotional intelligence
  • Gifted
  • Socio-emotional adjustment
  • Talented

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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