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ERIC Number: EJ1112370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Using Emotional Intelligence and Social Support to Predict Job Performance of Health Educators
Branscum, Paul; Haider, Taj; Brown, David; Sharma, Manoj
American Journal of Health Education, v47 n5 p309-314 2016
Background: The theory of emotional intelligence (EI) has been developed to evaluate and highlight the importance of emotional health, especially on job performance. Purpose: No study has examined EI's role on the performance of public health educators; therefore, this study examined the role of EI and social support on the performance of health educators. Methods: Constructs of EI reified in this study included self-awareness, mood management, self-motivation, empathy, and managing relationships. This study used a cross-sectional design. Researchers developed a valid and reliable 55-item instrument. After receiving Institutional Review Board approval, participants were solicited utilizing HEDIR, the health education online listserv (n = 151). Results: Only mood management was a significant predictor of skills of a health educator. Mood management, self-motivation, and managing relationships were significant in receiving merit pay increases, whereas self-awareness and self-motivation were significant in receiving awards. Discussion: Emotional intelligence constructs are important in career success of health educators and must be nurtured. Translation to Health Education Practice: Understanding the constructs of EI can help public health educators achieve health behavior change through interventions and initiatives by underscoring the importance emotions have on facilitating health behavior change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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