THE CASE FOR EMOTIONAL LITERACY: THE INFLUENCE OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE ON PROBLEM BEHAVIORS IN MALAYSIAN SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
Liau, A., Kent State University, USA, Liau, A. and Teoh, G., University Science of Malaysia and Liau, M., SEAMEO-RECSAM, Malaysia
There has been a recent renaissance in civics and moral education in the Asia-Pacific region. The need to incorporate the notion of emotional literacy into such programs is discussed, and results from the analysis of the influence that emotional literacy has on problem behaviors in Malaysian secondary school students are presented. Results indicated that emotional literacy, measured in terms of emotional intelligence, was linked to internalizing and externalizing problem behaviors. Emotional literacy also served as a moderating factor between parental monitoring and externalizing problem behaviors. The need for developing emotional literacy programs utilizing the pedagogy of multiliteracies is discussed.