Psychometrics and the Measurement of Emotional Intelligence

  • Gilles E. Gignac
Part of the The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)

It may be suggested that the measurement of emotional intelligence (EI) has been met with a non-negligible amount of scepticism and criticism within academia, with some commentators suggesting that the area has suffered from a general lack of psychometric and statistical rigour (Brody, 2004). To potentially help ameliorate this noted lack of sophistication, as well as to facilitate an understanding of many of the research strategies and findings reported in the various chapters of this book, this chapter will describe and elucidate several of the primary psychometric considerations in the evaluation of an inventory or test purported to measure a particular attribute or construct. To this effect, two central elements of psychometrics, reliability and validity, will be discussed in detail. Rather than assert a position as to whether the scores derived from putative measures of EI may or may not be associated with adequate levels of reliability and/or validity, this chapter will focus primarily on the description of contemporary approaches to the assessment of reliability and validity. However, in many cases, comments specifically relevant to the area of EI will be made within the context of reliability and/or validity assessment.


Emotional Intelligence Concurrent Validity Internal Consistency Reliability Classical Test Theory Factorial Validity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychology, University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  2. 2.Director of Research & DevelopmentGenos Pty LtdAustralia

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