The first author was a Visiting Fellow at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
Emotional intelligence, reactions and thoughts: Part 2: A pilot study
Article first published online: 24 APR 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Nursing & Health Sciences
Volume 11, Issue 3, pages 213–220, September 2009
How to Cite
Akerjordet, K. and Severinsson, E. (2009), Emotional intelligence, reactions and thoughts: Part 2: A pilot study. Nursing & Health Sciences, 11: 213–220. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2009.00435.x
- Issue published online: 17 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 24 APR 2009
- Received 11 December 2007; accepted 22 September 2008
- emotional intelligence;
- health promotion;
- mental health;
- postnatal depression;
- stress management
This article, the second in a series of four, focuses on new mothers' perceptions of emotional intelligence, reactions and thoughts by means of a descriptive design. The study included 250 postnatal mothers (a response rate of 80%). The data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The results show that, from a health promotion perspective, emotional intelligence might be an important component in relation to stress management and mental health. However, emotionally perceptive women seem to be affected by stress and depression to a greater extent. The relative strength of the associations between the scales also provides a valid and useful overall measure of new mothers' perceptions. Further validity scores for the scales must be obtained before any conclusions can be drawn.