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Relationships between family dysfunction, alexithymia, and low emotional intelligence among early adolescents in Tehran, Iran


Naghavi, Fataneh (2016) Relationships between family dysfunction, alexithymia, and low emotional intelligence among early adolescents in Tehran, Iran. Doctoral thesis, Universiti Putra Malaysia.


Considering the potential influences on emotional intelligence are important andbeneficial.If several factors are found to influence emotional intelligence, then individuals will able to find ways to enhance emotional intelligence and following lifelong success. In Iran, however, the study on relationship between family dysfunctioning, alexithymia with low emotional intelligence has received very little attention. Thus, the current research is essential and necessary. The main purpose of this study was to determine the relationships between family dysfunctioning,alexithymia and low emotional intelligence among early adolescents in Tehran-Iran.There were a total of 234 early adolescents (115 boys and 119 girls in Grades 2 and 3 of Guidance Schools of Tehran) participating in this study. They were identified using Multi-Stage Cluster sampling. Data were collected using self-administered questionnaire, namely, Background Characteristics questionnaire, Schutte’s (1998)Emotional Intelligence Scale, Rieffe’s Children’s Alexithymia Scale (2006), which are consistent with the original adult questionnaire for alexithymia (TAS-20), and Family Assessment Device (FAD), based on McMaster’s model.The findings of the present study highlighted the importance of early adolescent’s background in enhancing emotional intelligence. However, the contribution of family dysfunctioning in low emotional intelligence is indirect through alexithymia.The nature of the relationships between family dysfunctioning, alexithymia (as a mediator)and low emotional intelligence implied that emotional intelligence of early adolescents could be improved if families learn how to identify, express and manage their emotions since they can model healthy identification, expression and management of emotions in their early adolescents.

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Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subject: Adolescence - Family relationships - Iran
Subject: Emotional intelligence - Case studies - Iran
Subject: Alexithymia
Call Number: FEM 2016 23
Chairman Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Ma’rof Redzuan, PhD
Divisions: Faculty of Human Ecology
Depositing User: Mr. Sazali Mohamad
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2019 04:55
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2019 04:55
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/69234
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