Vol. 1, Issue 10 (2016)
Emotional intelligence of physically challenged and normal secondary school students: A comparative study
Author(s): Seema Naz
Abstract: The study was conducted to compare the emotional intelligence among physically challenged and normal students in Srinagar, J&K, India. The sample for the study consisted of 480 secondary school students (240 physically Challenged and 240 Normal).The physically challenged students were selected by purposive sampling and normal student by random sampling technique. The sample was taken from different Higher Secondary Schools of Kashmir both Govt. and Private The investigator constructed and standardized an Emotional Intelligence Inventory to measure emotional intelligence. The inventory consisted of 85 short statements measuring nine factors. Items were rated on a five-point scale. The data collected was subjected to various statistical treatments like mean, S.D. and t-test. After descriptively analyzing the data it was found that normal students possessed higher emotional intelligence than the physically challenged students. 83.75% of the students have low emotional intelligence and 11.67% have average emotional intelligence and just a few 4.58% have high emotional intelligence. On inferential analysis it was revealed that there was significant difference between the two groups as the calculated t-value exceeds the tabulated value on all nine factors of the inventory for the three categories of physically challenged.