Emotional intelligence and health‐related quality of life in institutionalised Spanish older adults

Octavio Luque‐Reca, Manuel Pulido‐Martos, Esther Lopez‐Zafra, José María Augusto‐Landa
Published Online:
16 Jul 2014
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 50 Issue 3

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This study explores the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and health‐related quality of life (HRQoL) in a sample of Spanish older adults who are institutionalised in long‐term care (LTC) facilities. One hundred fifteen institutionalised individuals (47.82% women; 88.3 ± 7.9 years) from southern Spain completed a set of questionnaires that included measures of EI, health and personality. Data were analysed via hierarchical regression. After controlling for personality and sociodemographic variables, the EI dimensions, emotional comprehension and emotional facilitation, accounted for part of the variance in several HRQoL facets. These dimensions could have an important role in the HRQoL of residents in LTC. Moreover, the use of a performance measure addresses the limitations of previous studies that have relied on self‐report measures. These aspects underscore the importance of the results of this study.

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