Lehman, Renée. "Emotional Intelligence and Perspectives on Mental Health: Comfort and Compassion Towards Persons with Mental Illness." BA Honours (Psychology). Tyndale University, 2020.
The current study sought to evaluate a person’s emotional intelligence (EI) and the variables that contribute to perspectives of comfort and compassion towards individuals with a mental illness (MI). Patterns in demographics, personal or family history of mental illness and overall level of compassion of participants were explored. Participants responded to a series of mental illness case studies (MIS) to determine their feelings of compassion and levels of comfort in various situations. Emotional intelligence (measured with the TEI-Que-SF) and overall compassion (measured with the Compassionate Love for Humanity Scale) were also measured. A positive correlation was found between overall compassion scores and each MIS outcome. TEIQue-SF
subscales well-being, self-control, emotionality and overall compassion, were significant in predicting compassion and comfort towards persons with MI. Participants with a personal history with MI scored lower in total EI than people without a personal history with MI, and well-being and self-control were related to people’s personal history with MI. Having a personal history of MI did not show a positive correlation to levels of comfort or overall compassion towards MIS characters but was correlated with compassion towards MIS characters. EI (via TEIQue-SF) was not always associated with high compassion (via MIS). Future research might benefit from using more detailed and varied case studies, or an entirely alternate method of exposure to MI.
Thesis (BA Honours)--Tyndale University, 2020.
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