The Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Adjustment Amongst First Year Students in a Malaysian Public University

By Maria Chong Abdullah, Habibah Elias, Rahil Mahyuddin and Jegak Uli.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This study aimed to investigate the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and university adjustment and academic achievement of 250 first year students attending various undergraduate programs at a Malaysian public university. The study employed a correlation design and data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics to address the research objectives. Findings from this study showed that there is significant and positive relationship between students’ EI and their overall university adjustment, academic adjustment, social adjustment, personal-emotional adjustment, students’ attachment to university, and academic achievement. Results also indicated that throughout a period of one semester, students’ overall adjustment and academic achievement was found to be significantly predicted by their EI .

Keywords: Emotional Intelligence, Adjustment, Students, University

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 9, pp.95-106. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.250MB).

Dr. Maria Chong Abdullah

Senior Lecturer, Department of Foundations of Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Maria Chong Abdullah is a senior lecturer in educational psychology and special education at University Putra Malaysia. She holds a doctoral degree in educational psychology. Before joining the university, she worked as a teacher trainer for nine years and as a school teacher for 14 years. Currently she is involved actively in educational research, and the research findings were presented in conferences and seminars nationally and internationally. Research findings were also disseminated through articles in proceedings and journals. Maria also has published books on topics related to her field of specialisation.

Prof. Habibah Elias

Professor, Lecturer in Educational Psychology, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Rahil Mahyuddin

Lecturer, Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Jegak Uli

Associate Professor, Department of Professional Development & Continuing Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Jegak Uli is a senior lecturer and an associate professor at the Faculty of Education at the Universiti Putra Malaysia. His research interests focus on topics of quality management, business statistic, organizational learning and management. He is the author of several management books, particularly the management and human resource management and his research article was published in the Journal of International Business Studies. Since 1994, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jegak has received numerous research funding from the Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia for more than a dozen projects.


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