Test method for assessing the emotional intelligence of adolescents (MSCEIT-YRV)



This paper contains a description of the task methodology for assessing the level of development of emotional intelligence in adolescents aged 10 to 18 years MSCEIT–YRV (Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test – Youth Research Version). The paper provides main data on the adaptation of the methodology to the Russian-speaking sample. Adaptation and psychometric testing of the methodology were carried out using data from 996 adolescents aged 10 to 18 years (430 boys and 566 girls, mean age 13,3 years). This methodology provides information on the general level of development of emotional intelligence, indicators of the Experiential and Strategic domains of emotional intelligence and scores for four abilities (identification of emotions, facilitation of thought, understanding emotions and emotion management). The main psychometric indicators of reliability and validity of MSCEIT-YRV meet the requirements of test standardization. The paper also describes gender and age differences in emotional intelligence, shows a comparison of normative samples for the English and Russian versions of the MSCEIT–YRV method.

General Information

Keywords: emotional intelligence, adolescents, emotional intelligence test, psychometric testing, cross-cultural comparisons

Journal rubric: General Psychology

Article type: review article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/jmfp.2021100407

Received: 26.04.2021


For citation: Sergienko E.A., Khlevnaya E.A., Kiseleva T.S. Test method for assessing the emotional intelligence of adolescents (MSCEIT-YRV) [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2021. Vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 73–84. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2021100407. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Elena A. Sergienko, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Principal researcher, Laboratory of Psychology of the development of the subject in normal and post-traumatic states, Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4068-9116, e-mail: elenas13@mail.ru

Elena A. Khlevnaya, Doctor of Economics, Associate Professor, Lecturer, Moscow International Higher Business School MIRBIS, Candidate of Psychology, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0975-6686, e-mail: elankha@yandex.ru

Tatiana S. Kiseleva, PhD in Psychology, Head of the Development Department, the international network of children's centers for the development of emotional intelligence, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3960-5096, e-mail: kiseleva@eilab.ru



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