Correlation of Emotional Intelligence with Academic Achievement in undergraduate medical students

Safeer Zaman, Usman Mahboob


BACKGROUND: Emotional intelligence is one of the important characteristics that can affect the academic achievement of medical students.

AIM: This study is aimed at investigating the relationship between students’ emotional intelligence and their academic achievement.

METHODS: It was a cross-sectional correlational study. Sample of the study comprised 90 students of 2nd year MBBS class of Bannu Medical College, Bannu, available at the time of data collection. Short version of Workgroup Emotional Intelligence Profile (WEIP-S) was used as a research tool of the study. Mean, SD and Pearson Coefficient were used as statistical tests.

RESULTS: The correlation between students’ awareness of own emotions and their academic achievement was r=-.03 (p value .71). The correlation between students’ management of own emotions and students’ academic achievement was r=.34 (p value .00). The coefficient of correlation between students’ awareness of other emotions and their academic achievement was r=.24 (p value .02). The coefficient of correlation between students’ management of other emotions and their academic achievement r=.21 (p value .04). The coefficient of correlation between students overall emotional intelligence and their academic achievement r=.26 (p value .01).

CONCLUSION: The study showed that there exists a significant correlation between students’ overall emotional intelligence and academic achievement. It was recommended that parents and teacher may also concentrate on the nourishment of emotional intelligence along with the cognitive development.

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