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Revista psicodebate: psicología, cultura y sociedad.

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CALERO, Alejandra Daniela; BARREYRO, Juan Pablo  y  INJOQUE-RICLE, Irene. Emotional intelligence during adolescence: its relation to participation in extracurricular activities. Rev. psicodebate: psicol. cult. soc. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.2, pp.43-54. ISSN 24516600.

Perceived emotional intelligence is a set of skills that allow managing and serving emotional information. It includes attention to emotions, the clarity with which feelings are perceived, and the ability to repair the negative emotional states. Participation in extracurricular activities during adolescence has been considered a resource for the development of skills and competencies. Objective: to study if differences in emotional intelligence perceived according to the participation in extracurricular activities. Sample: 399 adolescents, with a mean age of 15.14 years (SD = 1.86) from two private schools in Buenos Aires City. Materials: the TMMS-21, which evaluates the three components of emotional intelligence, and a socio-demographic questionnaire to gather information on extracurricular activities were administered. Results: We found differences in the level of clarity that adolescents reported, being higher for those who participated in extracurricular activities. We also found that adolescents participating in sports reported higher levels of clarity then those involved in artistic activities. Conclusion: Participation in extracurricular activities seems to provide teens with tools to decompose, identify and catalog the emotions more easily. In addition, the difference found between sports and artistic activities may be due to the fact that a higher level of introspection, motivated by the artistic activities, can increase the level of self-criticism regarding one's clarity when it comes to perceiving emotions, which could be reflected in a lower level of perception of the capacity to label different emotional states

Palabras clave : emotional intelligence; extracurricular activities; adolescence; emotional skills.

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