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The Influence of Emotional Intelligence on Performance in Competitive Sports: A Meta-Analytical Investigation

Kopp, Alexandra; Jekauc, Darko

Abstract (englisch):
Emotional intelligence (EI) is considered as a factor influencing sport performance. The research findings are inconsistent with respect to the size and even the direction of the relationship, however. In order to summarise the available evidence, we conducted a meta-analysis examining the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and sports performance in competitive sports. A systematic literature search was conducted in June 2018. We identified 21 studies targeting EI and sports performance in competitive sports. We calculated correlation (r) to estimate the effect of the relationship. A random effects model was used to interpret findings. The meta-analysis of 22 effect sizes on the response of 3.431 participants found a small but significant relationship between EI and sports performance (r = 0.16). Additionally, the conceptualisation of EI (ability concept, trait concept, or mixed-model concept), type of publication, citation counts, and publication date turned out not to be significant moderators. Overall, the result is encouraging regarding the value of EI as a possible predictor in sports performance.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000090794
Veröffentlicht am 11.02.2019
DOI: 10.3390/sports6040175
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2018
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2075-4663
KITopen-ID: 1000090794
Erschienen in Sports
Band 6
Heft 4
Seiten 175-197
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 13.12.2018
Schlagworte emotional intelligence, emotional competence, sports performance, competitive sports, meta-analysis
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