The Multidimensional Emotional Intelligence Assessment (MEIA) is a next-generation assessment of Emotional Intelligence (EI) with several valuable and unique qualities that distinguish it from more traditional measures. The MEIA is the only trait-based, self-report measure of EI with distinct coverage of all 10 components of Salovey and Mayer's (1990) influential EI model. Furthermore, the methods of test construction address important shortcomings found in many popular EI assessments.
The items comprising the MEIA were carefully developed, selected, and refined to minimize the influence of social desirability response bias (tendency to present the self in a favorable light) and acquiescence response bias (tendency to endorse personality statements as true of the self), both of which can seriously undermine the validity of test results. It also contains an Infrequency scale to detect non-purposeful responding.
The test construction method used to develop the MEIA sets it apart from other EI measures currently available on the market. Some of these unique features include:
Currently, MEIA norms are based on the responses of 332 American College students, representing a wide range of academic and career interests. Additional normative data is being added monthly.
Test-retest reliability coefficients, based on a 4 to 6 week interval ranged from .67 - .88, suggesting stability in test scores over time. Internal consistency reliabilities (alpha) ranged from .75 - .85 for the ten scales, indicating good internal consistency.
A series of steps was taken to evaluate the validity of the MEIA scales. First, each item was judged by independent experts to be representative of its targeted scale, which supports the scales' content validity. As well, every item on each scale correlates more strongly with all other items on the targeted scale than with total scores on any other scale, including Social Desirability. EI scale scores correlated meaningfully with relevant personality scale scores, which supports convergent validity. Also, EI scale scores were uncorrelated with theoretically unrelated personality scale scores, in support of discriminant validity. Finally, EI scale scores showed low to moderate correlations with Social Desirability.
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The MEIA Manual is divided into five chapters. Chapter 1 defines Emotional Intelligence (EI), provides a description of the scales, as well as administration information and norms. Chapter 2 contains information about the construction of the MEIA, including the details of two studies. Chapter 3 includes information on the validation of the MEIA. Chapter 4 contains information on the MEIA-W, including norms, reliability, and validity. Chapter 5 lists the references for both the MEIA and MEIA-W.
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The MEIA-W examines emotional intelligence in work settings. Use the MEIA-W as part of the employee/leadership selection process and for development purposes.
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