EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND SELF-ESTEEM AS CORRELATES OF EXPRESSED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST MARRIED WOMEN IN OWERRI
This study investigated emotional intelligence and self-esteem as correlates of expressed domestic violence against married women in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. Using correlation research design, one research question was answered and two hypotheses were tested and data collected from four hundred randomly selected married female civil servants using three standardised instruments. Data were analysed using Multiple Regression and Pearson Product Moment Correlation (PPMC) at 0.05 level of significance. The study revealed that emotional intelligence and self-esteem jointly contribute 40.09 % to expressed domestic violence against married women. Likewise, emotional intelligence negatively correlates with expressed domestic violence against married women, r (398) = -0.048, p<.05. Furthermore, self-esteem negatively correlates with expressed domestic violence against married women, r (398) = -0.018, p<.05. Therefore, couples should endeavour to seek the service of a professional guidance counsellor when they experience challenges they cannot manage. Also, couples should try to develop positive emotional competence that would help them relate well as friends and give each other necessary support.
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