A study on emotional intelligence of teenagers born to teen and adult mothers
Komala M, Sandeeparaju HS
Teen pregnancy is a really big issue in the world today. According to WHO (2014) about 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 years and two million girls under the age of 15 give birth every year. In developed countries, teenage pregnancies are associated with many social issues, including lower educational levels, higher rates of poverty, and other poorer life outcomes in children of teenage mothers. Emotional Intelligence is one of the most popular constructs in the field of interpersonal differences research in recent twenty years. It refers to emotional information processing and represents a new way of conceptualizing connection between general abilities and emotions. A link between parenting and emotional intelligence has been documented in a small number of studies. A cross sectional study aimed at emotional intelligence among teenagers born to teen mothers as well as born to adult mothers was conducted on 198 teenagers studying at High Schools and Pre-University colleges of Holenarasipura town of Hassan district. Out of the total 198 teenagers 79 teenagers were born to teen mothers while 119 were born to adult mothers. The study revealed that the mean score of emotional intelligence of teenagers born to teen and adult mothers were significantly different in the aspects of factor B-Empathy, factor D-Emotional stability and Over-all emotional intelligence. Teenagers born to teen mothers have less ability to understand other persons and were emotionally less stable. Over all Emotional intelligence of teenagers born to teen mothers was significantly less than teenagers born to adult mothers. Mothers’ age at birth significantly correlates with empathy, emotional stability and overall emotional intelligence of teenagers. These results highlight a need to identify the children born to teen mothers and to train them in emotional intelligence which is responsible for success in all walks of life.
Komala M, Sandeeparaju HS. A study on emotional intelligence of teenagers born to teen and adult mothers. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 2, Issue 11, 2015, Pages 382-387