Emotional Intelligence Buffers the Effects of Negative Emotions on Job Burnout in Nursing

Dorota Szczygieł , Moïra Mikolajczak


The study was designed to examine whether trait emotional intelligence would moderate the impact of negative emotions at work on job burnout. A total of 188 female nurses participated in this study and completed measures of trait affectivity, emotional intelligence, anger and sadness at work, and burnout. The results revealed significant and positive relationships between both types of negative emotions and burnout above and beyond demographics and the nurses’ trait affectivity. Importantly, the study demonstrated that trait emotional intelligence buffers the effects of negative emotions on burnout. Specifically, anger- and sadness-related emotions predicted greater burnout among nurses with low trait emotional intelligence but not among nurses with high trait emotional intelligence. These results suggest that emotional intelligence training could be implemented to prevent the adverse effect of negative emotions felt at work on job burnout.
Author Dorota Szczygieł (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Dorota Szczygieł,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
, Moïra Mikolajczak
Moïra Mikolajczak,,
Journal seriesFrontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishemotional competence, anger, sadness, occupational stress, nurses
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
URL https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02649
Languageen angielski
Szczygieł&Mikolajczak_2018_NURSES.pdf 476.48 KB
Additional file
afiliacja_DSzczygieł_Frontiers.pdf 321.43 KB
Score (nominal)35
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.006; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.089 (2) - 2017=2.749 (5)
Citation count*36 (2021-02-25)
Share Share

Get link to the record

* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.
Are you sure?