Emotional competence as a positive youth development construct: A conceptual review

Patrick S.Y. Lau, Ka Yu Florence Wu

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The concept of emotional competence as a positive youth development construct is reviewed in this chapter. Differences between emotional intelligence and emotional competence are discussed and an operational definition is adopted. Assessment methods of emotional competence with an emphasis on its quantitative nature are introduced. In the discussion of theories of emotional competence, the functionalist and developmental perspectives and the relationships with positive youth development are highlighted. Possible antecedents, especially the influence of early child-caregiver, and expected outcomes of emotional competence are examined. Practical ways to promote emotional competence among adolescents, particularly the role of parents and teachers, and the future direction of research are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPositive Youth Development
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research and Application
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781620813058
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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