Department

Counseling Department

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Chair

John Thomas

Primary Subject Area

Psychology, Behavioral; Psychology, General; Psychology, Social; Sociology, Individual and Family Studies

Keywords

emotional intelligence, emotional schemas, relationship satisfaction

Disciplines

Counseling Psychology | Family, Life Course, and Society | Other Psychology | Psychology | Social Psychology | Social Psychology and Interaction

Abstract

A review of the literature revealed that the relationship between emotional intelligence, emotional schemas, and relationship satisfaction has not been fully explored. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between emotional schemas, emotional intelligence and relationship satisfaction in a sample of married individuals, utilizing a cross-sectional, correlational design to assess the constructs via validated assessment tools. Baron and Kenny's methodology for assessing mediating relationships was used to explore the relationship between these variables. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis demonstrated that the higher values dimension of emotional schemas accounted for 4.1% of the variance in relationship satisfaction after controlling for the variance (3.7%) that was accounted for by the facilitating thoughts branch of emotional intelligence. The current study provides empirical evidence that a weak connection does exist between the identified constructs.