THE CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF A SCALE FOR THAI ADOLESCENT EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
 
Intasuwan, P., Choochom, O., Chuawanlee, W., Sucaromana, A., Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
 
This study aimed to construct a scale to measure emotional intelligence (EI) based on Buddhism for Thai university students. The EI definition covered three dimensions of Tri-sikkha (three stages of training), and the content included three aspects of ability in daily life. After an opinion survey, the researchers constructed 84 open-ended situational items which were administered to 855 students. The data were classified and used to construct five choices for each item. Then each item was rated on a scale of 1 to 5. Each item could be scored in three dimensions of Tri-sikkha: feeling or emotion, thinking, and intentional behavior. All 84 items were divided into 4 equal forms of 21 items each. The first two forms, forms 1 and 2, were administered to 109 students. The other two forms, forms 3 and 4 were given to 116 students. After item analyses, 30 items were selected according to the item content and the item statistics, for a further validity study.