Emotional intelligence and gender stereotyping among students at Makerere University. Case: school of women and gender studies
Apio, Shamantha Marion
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he main purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between emotional intelligence and gender stereotyping among students at Makerere University in School of Women and Gender studies. The study was intended to achieve the following objectives; to examine the relationship between emotional intelligence and gender stereotyping. The study adopted a correlational survey design. The study used a sample of 60 respondents who were selected using non random sampling technique. Data for analysis was obtained by use of standard questionnaires; Wang and Law Emotional Intelligence Scale (WLEIS) adopted from Mayer, Salovey, and Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) to measure emotional intelligence and the 12-item Bem Sex Role Inventory by Sandra Bem was used to measure gender stereotyping. Information obtained was analyzed quantitatively with the aid of Statistical Package for Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20 computer software. The study hypothesis were tested using Pearson’s r=0.000 correlation coefficient and significance at the 0.01 level- (2tailed). The results of the study were; there is a positive significant relationship between emotional intelligence and gender stereotyping. (p = 0.610**) (r = 0.000). The results showed that since p is was greater than the level of significance, the alternative hypothesis was retained and it was concluded that the variables were significantly related. Following the above conclusion, the following recommendations were made; The researcher recommended that students adopt emotional intelligence so as to have the ability to deal with their immediate world, the researcher also recommended that the University authorities be involved in government programs for promoting gender equality.