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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 70-77

Emotional intelligence among visually impaired and sighted female adolescents

Department of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

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Azza Medhat Mansy
Department of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Cairo University, Cairo
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ENJ.ENJ_14_17

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Background Emotional intelligence (EI) has a positive impact on adolescents’ personal as well as scholastic life. Thus, emotionally intelligent adolescents either visually impaired (VI) or sighted have higher levels of psychological adjustment and emotional well-being, and present a higher quality and greater quantity of interpersonal networks and social support. Aim This study aimed to assess EI among VI and sighted female adolescents. Subjects and methods and methods A purposive sample of 120 female adolescents (60 with VI and 60 sighted adolescents) was selected from El-Noor and El-Amal School for the Blind Female and El Saneya Prep/Secondary School. Two tools were used to measure the current study variables. A Structured Adolescents’ General Profile Questionnaire and EI Scale was used. Results Findings revealed statistical significance differences between the studied VI and sighted female adolescents as regards the total EI and its subscales except for general mood Conclusion To conclude, EI during adolescence is essential in the modern society as life is becoming very complex and conflicting day by day for both VI and sighted adolescents as EI guides an individual’s thoughts, actions, and in adjusting to stressful life events easily. There must be counselors to teach students the basics of EI and how they could develop positive self-concept and enhance their self-esteem.

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