The Schutte Self-Report Emotional Intelligence Test (SSEIT) is a method of measuring general Emotional Intelligence (EI), using four sub-scales: emotion perception, utilizing emotions, managing self- relevant emotions, and managing others’ emotions. The SSEIT is structured off of the EI model by Salovey and Mayer (1990). The SSEIT model is closely associated with the EQ-I model of Emotional Intelligence.
The SSEIT includes a 33-item self-report using a 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree) scale for responses. Each sub-test score is graded and then added together to give the total score for the participant.
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Reliability and Validity
Schutte and her colleges report a reliability rating of 0.90 for their emotional intelligence scale. The EI score, overall, is fairly reliable for adults and adolescents; however, the utilizing emotions sub-scale has shown poor reliability (Ciarrochi, Chan & Bajgar, 2001). Also, they report a mediocre correlation of the SSRI with such areas as self-estimated EI, the Big Five EI scale (0.51), and life satisfaction (Petrides and Furnham, 2000). SSRI correlation with well-being criteria showed the worst outcome with less than 0.20.
Obtaining the SSEIT
Administration, Analysis and Reporting
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Schutte, N.S., Malouff, J. M., Simunek, M., Hollander, S., & McKenley, J. (2002). Characteristic emotional intelligence and emotional well-being. Cognition and Emotion, 16, 769
Wing, J.F., Schutte, N.S., & Byrne, B. (2006). The effect of positive writing on emotional intelligence and life satisfaction. Journal of Clinical Psychology.