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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 89-92

Emotional intelligence among schoolteachers in rural Karnataka – A cross-sectional study

Department of Community Medicine, St. John's Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Naveen Ramesh
Department of Community Medicine, St. John's Medical College, Bengaluru - 560 034, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jss.JSS_22_20

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Introduction: Teachers are fundamental in the educational process and play an essential role in molding the next generation. Schoolteachers handle children coming from various backgrounds, and hence, it necessitates that they develop the kind of emotional intelligence (EI) which is required to deal with these complexities. Aims: The aim of the study was to assess the EI among the schoolteachers and its association with sociodemographic factors. Methodology: This was an exploratory descriptive cross-sectional study. One hundred and two teachers who met the inclusion criteria of having work experience of more than a year in the selected three schools were included in the study. The EI was assessed using the leadership toolkit EI questionnaire. The data were entered in Microsoft Excel and were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) (SPSS version 16). Results: Among the 102 teachers, 35 (34.3%) teachers were in the age group of 21–33 years, 72 (70.6%) teachers were female, 61 (59.8%) teachers had work experience of more than 5 years, and 68 (66.7%) were permanent employees. Female teachers had better EI compared to males, and this was statistically significant with P < 0.05. Conclusions: More than half of the teachers had “strength” with regard to self-awareness, motivating oneself, empathy, and social skills except managing emotions. Female teachers had significantly higher EI scores compared to males. There was no statistical significance between age, marital status, years of experience, duration of work in the present school, nature of employment, and EI.

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