In this study we investigated the potential role of Emotional Intelligence (EI) in Moral Reasoning (MR). A sample of 131undergraduate students completed a battery of psychological tests, which included measures of Emotional Intelligence, Moral Reasoning and the Big Five dimensions of personality. Results demonstrated support for a proposed model of the relationship between Emotional Intelligence, personality and Moral Reasoning. Specifically, Emotional Intelligence was found to be a significant predictor of four of the Big Five personality dimensions (Extraversion, Openness, Neuroticism, Agreeableness), which in turn were significant predictors of Moral Reasoning. These results have important implications in regards to our current understanding of the relationships between Emotional Intelligence, Moral Reasoning and personality. We emphasize the need to incorporate the constructs of Emotional Intelligence and Moral Reasoning into a broader, explanatory personality framework.
Athota, V. S., O’Connor, P. J., & Jackson, C. (2009). The role of emotional intelligence and personality in moral reasoning. In R. E. Hicks (ed.), Personality and individual differences: Current directions. Bowen Hills, QLD, Australian Academic Press.