Emotional intelligence as a predictor of marital adjustment to infertility

2013 IJRSP – Volume 2 Issue 3


Jalil, Tabinda*
Department of Psychology, Lahore College for Women University, Pakistan (tabinda.jalil@yahoo.com)

Muazzam, Amina
Department of Psychology, Lahore College for Women University, Pakistan (amina_muazzam@hotmail.com)


The purpose of the present research was to investigate whether emotional intelligence predicts marital adjustment in fertile and infertile women. A positive relation between the two variables was hypothesized. The study sample consisted of 120 fertile and 120 diagnosed infertile women; with the pre-requisite condition that minimum duration of marital relation without children should be two years. The age range of participants was 20 to 40 years. Marital Adjustment Questionnaire (Kausar, & Khalid, 2003) was used to assess marital adjustment of the two groups. Whereas, emotional intelligence of the participants was assessed with Schutte’s (1990) Emotional Intelligence Scale and was translated into Urdu. The results of the study revealed a significant relationship between emotional intelligence and marital adjustment in both groups. The comparison of two groups showed that fertile women’s marital adjustment was better than infertile women. Results also suggested emotional intelligence as predictor of marital adjustment.

Keywords: emotional intelligence (EI), marital adjustment (MA), infertility, fertile women, infertile women


DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrsp.2013.237

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