Date

6-2010

Document Type

Article

Department

Counseling Department

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Chair

Gary A Sibcy

Primary Subject Area

Psychology, General; Psychology, Psychobiology; Psychology, Social

Keywords

Adult Attachment, Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Interpersonal, Relationship Satisfaction

Abstract

A critical review of literature revealed a lack of performance-based Emotional Intelligence (EI) test which assesses core relationship abilities. The purpose of this study was to attend to this need by developing a new measurement, the Humility-Empathy-Assertiveness-Respect Test (HEART). As a preliminary investigation, this study explored psychometric properties of the HEART. Support for the Discriminant validity was obtained as it correlated with the IQ test as well as other EI tests that differ in various aspects from the HEART. Support for the convergent validity was partially obtained as the empathy subscale correlated with relationship satisfaction and attachment avoidance. While revisions and further studies on the HEART are necessary, the HEART's potential impact is significant both in research and clinical practice.

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