Examining the Stability of Emotional Intelligence Among U.S. Adults Before and After the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been established as a critical skill with the ability to influence positive outcomes and mitigate challenging situations. Research connects EI to such benefits as better health, superior job performance, and psychological well-being.

EI has also been shown to help moderate the negative impacts of stress. The recent COVID-19 pandemic is well-recognized as a source of unprecedented stress with implications for emotional well-being. This study provides important evidence of the stability of EI during highly stressful and chaotic circumstances.