Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A DiThomaso, PhD, ABPP

First Advisor

Yuma Tomes, PhD, Chairperson

Second Advisor

George McCloskey, PhD

Third Advisor

Dr Christy Mulligan


The purpose of this study was to examine emotional intelligence and its impact on the maturational process of male and female early-adolescent youth. Demographic variables, such gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, and educational status were, valued against emotionality factors such as intrapersonal stress, interpersonal stress, adaptability, general mood, and overall emotional intelligence (EQ). The study utilized a non-experimental, correlational design examining archival data. The participants consisted of approximately, early adolescent fifth-grade students aged 10-13 years. The participants were administered the Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory (BarOn EQ-I:YV) and a demographic questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were used to describe the population sample. A Pearson correlation was used to determine the relationship between the Bar-On EQI scales. A MANOVA was used to determine significance between gender and the Bar- On EQI scales. An ANOVA was used to determine significance between total EQ and gender, ethnicity, and SES. The results concluded that girls generally reported stressmanagement abilities higher than those reported by boys. The higher SES group reported increased adaptability.