Emotional intelligence in applicant selection for care-related academic programs

Leehu Zysberg, Anat Levy, Anna Zisberg

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Two studies describe the development of the Audiovisual Test of Emotional Intelligence (AVEI), aimed at candidate selection in educational settings. Study I depicts the construction of the test and the preliminary examination of its psychometric properties in a sample of 92 college students. Item analysis allowed the modification of problem items, resulting in acceptable reliability (intraclass correlation = .67) and moderate to good discrimination indices. Study II examined criterion-related validity of the AVEI based on a sample of 102 nursing students in a large university in northern Israel. The results suggest that the AVEI correlated with students' performance in field practice and in human relations training courses better than with any other relevant variable (e.g., GMA, GPA). Associations remained in the .45 to .60 range, even after controlling for factors such as academic ability, GPA, and gender. These results suggest that the AVEI may be a valid instrument in student selection for care-related programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-38
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Psychoeducational Assessment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011


  • applicant selection
  • care professions
  • emotional intelligence
  • test development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Clinical Psychology
  • General Psychology


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