AUTHOR : 이숙정
INFORMATION : page. 53~69 / 2012 Vol.19 No.1
The purpose of this study is to examine the mediating effects of the need for competence and stress on the levels of emotional intelligence and academic achievement of Korean college students. The participants were 232 undergraduate students(males: 106, females: 126). The instrument used for the study consisted of the emotional intelligence scale, the need for competence scale, the academic and career stress scale, and the GPA of the students themselves. Descriptive statistics, correlations, and structural equation modeling(SEM) were conducted for the purposes of data analyses using the SPSS 18.0 and AMOS 4.0 programs. The results of this study were as follows. First, emotional intelligence was positively related with the need for competence and academic achievement, but it was negatively related to academic and career stress. Second, the need for competence and stress significantly predicted levels of academic achievement. However, emotional intelligence did not directly effect levels of academic achievement. Third, the SEM analysis revealed that the relationship between emotional intelligence and academic achievement were fully mediated by competence and stress. This model was proven to be a valid one to present the structural model for this sample (RMSEA=.053, TLI, CFI>.90). The results were discussed in terms of the management of personal emotions and the learning environment for the improvement of academic achievement levels and academic adaptation to college life. The implications and limitations of this study were also discussed along with a number of suggestions for future research.