Assessing Emotional Self-Efficacy: Evaluating Validity and Dimensionality with Cross-Cultural Samples


  • An earlier version of this manuscript was presented at the 2008 annual meeting of the Academy of Management at Anaheim, CA. We warmly thank Bangseob Yoon and his colleagues for their tremendous cooperation in the Korean study administration. We also appreciate Yoonhyuk Jung's help with back-translation.

Sungwon Choi, Department of Business Administration, College of Government and Business, Yonsei University at Wonju, Wonju, Kangwondo, South Korea, 220-710. Email:


The concept of emotional intelligence (EI) has frequently been conceptualised as a stable construct (i.e. an intelligence or disposition). As a theoretically distinct form of EI, we advance a measure of emotional self-efficacy (ESE), which is more dynamic and malleable than traditional EI measures. Two studies across two cultures yield a six-dimensional model of ESE. These six dimensions are shown to differ in their relationships with various outcomes. ESE is shown to predict low levels of stress and high levels of life satisfaction and coping beyond self-efficacy.