Emotional intelligence and mental disorder
Article first published online: 12 MAY 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 65, Issue 9, pages 942–954, September 2009
How to Cite
Hertel, J., Schütz, A. and Lammers, C.-H. (2009), Emotional intelligence and mental disorder. J. Clin. Psychol., 65: 942–954. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20597
- Issue published online: 11 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 12 MAY 2009
- emotional intelligence;
- borderline personality disorder;
- major depressive disorder;
- substance abuse disorder;
- emotion regulation
Emotional abilities were measured with a performance test of emotional intelligence (The Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test; Mayer, Salovey, & Caruso, 2002) in patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder, substance abuse disorder, or borderline personality disorder (BPD), and a nonclinical control group. Findings showed that all clinical groups differed from controls with respect to their overall emotional intelligence score, which dovetails with previous findings from self-report measures. Specifically, we found that the ability to understand emotional information and the ability to regulate emotions best distinguished the groups. Findings showed that patients with substance abuse disorder and BPD patients were most impaired. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol 65: 1–13, 2009.