Ability emotional intelligence and mental health: Social support as a mediator

Moshe Zeidner, Gerald Matthews

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The mediating role of perceived social support availability is examined in the observed association between ability emotional intelligence (EI) and psychological distress. 185 Israeli undergraduate students completed measures of ability EI, social support, and distress. As predicted, path analyses demonstrated that social support was a significant mediator of the effects of EI on distress. These data suggest that the adaptive benefits of high EI should be understood from a social perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-199
Number of pages4
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016

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  • Ability
  • Distress
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Mediation model
  • Social support
  • Wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)


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