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Emotional intelligence, empathy and professional interests among psychology students


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Dugi, Luka. (2013). Emotional intelligence, empathy and professional interests among psychology students. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Butković, Ana].

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Over the past 20 years, we have seen an increase in interest concerning emotional intelligence and empathy. Adding to studying these constructs within different fields, the aim of this study was to test whether there were any statistically significant differences in emotional intelligence and empathy among psychology students in regard to their gender, age andprofessional interests. To investigate which branches of psychology were considered „warm“, and which „cold“,a preliminary study was conducted among advanced university students (N=34). In our main study, we tested 325 undergraduate students of psychology from University of Zagreb. Our participants filled in 3 separate instruments – a short demographic questionnaire which also contained questions about their professional interest, UEK-45, an emotional intelligence measure and PROLI_Empatija, an empathy measure. Regarding gender we found that women scored higher on empathy and its subscales, while there was no gender effect in emotional intelligence. Age differences were not found for any of the scales used in this research. Regarding differences in professional interests, no substantial differences were found in emotional intelligence or its subscales, as well as in cognitive empathy. However, we found statistically significant differences in emotionalempathy. These results show that while all psychologists may have the same desire and ability to recognize, name and express emotions, only those who have a strong need for empathizing with others have „warm“ professional interests.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: emotional intelligence, empathy, professional interests, UEK-45, PROLI_Empatija
Subjects: Psychology > Kognitivna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Butković, Ana
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2015 08:50
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2015 08:50

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