Personality Traits, Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievements of University Students
American Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume 4, Issue 3-1, June 2015, Pages: 39-44
Received: Mar. 20, 2015; Accepted: Mar. 21, 2015; Published: Apr. 7, 2015
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Yoke Theing Chen, Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Chooi Seong Lai, Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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This research investigated the relationships between personality traits, emotional intelligence and academic achievements among 160 university students in Malaysia. Big Five Inventory (BFI) was used to measure the five dimensions of personality traits - extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, openness; Schutte Emotional Intelligence Scale (SEIS) was used to measure emotional intelligence and students’ academic achievement was measured by Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). Bivariate analysis using Pearson Correlation method indicated that extraversion (r=.311, p<.05), agreeableness (r=.378, p<.05), conscientiousness (r=.315, p<.05) and openness (r=.497, p<.05) were positively and significantly correlated with emotional intelligence. Neuroticism (r= -.303, p<.05) was found negatively and significantly associated with emotional intelligence. However, emotional intelligence (r=.002, p>.05) was insignificantly associated with academic achievement. Future researches are recommended to employ Structural Equation Modeling analysis to determine how both personality traits and emotional intelligence have an impact on academic achievements.
Keywords
Personality Traits, Emotional Intelligence, Academic Achievements
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Yoke Theing Chen, Chooi Seong Lai, Personality Traits, Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievements of University Students, American Journal of Applied Psychology. Special Issue: Psychology of University Students. Vol. 4, No. 3-1, 2015, pp. 39-44. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.s.2015040301.17
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