School of Education


Doctor of Education (EdD)


Rollen Fowler


Emotional Intelligence, Facebook, Social Skill


Education | Educational Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services


This study involved the investigation of high school seniors' social competence and ability to manage emotions in predicting the amount of time they spend socializing on Facebook. The study also seeks to determine if the Social Skill Improvement System (SSIS) and the Mayer, Salovey, Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) measure similar constructs. A multiple regression design and correlation design was planned for the study. The data analysis was carried out by testing for normality, linearity, homoscedasticity, and multicollinearity. Due to violations in testing for normality, linearity, and homoscedasticity, the data was transformed using a log transformation in order to perform the multiple regression analysis. Due to the normality and linearity issues with the data, a Kendall Tau correlation was performed in place of the Pearson's r correlation. The study was carried out in a high school in Northeastern, Tennessee. A total of 68 high school students participated in the study by completing a week log regarding the number of minutes they spend on Facebook per day, SSIS, and MSCEIT. Descriptive data was included along with the data analysis regarding the relationship among the dependent variables, SSIS global score and MSCEIT global score, and time spent socializing on Facebook. The analysis of criterion validity was also included to display the relatedness among constructs from the SSIS and MSCEIT.