Doctoral Dissertations

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School Psychology

Major Professor

Steve McCallum

Committee Members

Tara Moore, Sherry Bell, James Lewis


In order to construct and validate a scale of emotional intelligence (EI) for the medical field 80 residents responded to a 69-item self-report measure during the pilot phase the Scale of Emotional Functioning: Medicine (SEF: MED); based on a two-phase item and structural analyses a final 36-item version was created with adequate psychometric characteristics based on responses from 316 residents. Internal consistency reliabilities for the three SEF: MED scales of Interpersonal Relations (IR), Emotional Awareness (EA), and Emotional Management (EM) were .81, .82, and .84., respectively. Confirmatory Factor Analysis supported the expected three-factor solution. The SEF: MED was validated by comparing it to related measures (i.e., the Profile of Emotional Competence (PEC) and the Maslach Burnout Inventory- Human Services Survey for Medical Personnel (MBI-HSS (MP)). Correlation coefficients were consistent with predictions. For example, correlation coefficients between the Total EI composite on the SEF: MED and the PEC global scales ranged from .64 to .68. As expected, the Total EI composite on the SEF: MED was significantly related to the MBI-HSS (MP) Emotional Exhaustion, Depersonalization, and Personal Accomplishment scales (-.50, -.44, .52, respectively). The SEF: MED has the potential to provide useful data to medical physicians and other medical professionals as they consider their well-being and the health of their patients.

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