Salience of emotional intelligence as a core characteristic of being a counselor

William E. Martin, Crystal Easton, Sheilah Wilson, Michelle Takemoto, Shannon Sullivan

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The authors investigated the association between emotional intelligence and counseling self-efficacy. Participants were 140 counseling students and practicing counselors who completed the Emotional Judgment Inventory and the Counseling Self-Estimate Inventory. Emotional intelligence differentiated counselors from noncounselors (Mdn d = .6650) but provided mixed results in differentiating counseling students and counselors. Moreover, the emotional intelligence factors Identifying Own Emotions, Expressing Emotions Adaptively, and Using Emotions in Problem Solving successfully predicted counseling self-efficacy of both counseling students and practicing counselors (R = .537). Emotional intelligence may be another marker for individuals exploring professional counseling as a career and for improving students’ counseling self-efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-30
Number of pages14
JournalCounselor Education and Supervision
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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