The Role of Emotional Intelligence and Perceived Social Support in Psychological Wellbeing of University Students


  • Ayotunde O. Elegbeleye Department of Psychology, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Excel C. Nnamdi Department of Psychology, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Benedict C. E. Agoha Department of Psychology, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Elizabeth I. Olowookere Department of Psychology, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria


Psychological well-being, Emotional Intelligence, Perceived Social Support, Undergraduates, Students


This cross-sectional survey investigated the role of emotional intelligence and perceived social support in psychological wellbeing. The participants comprised of 88 male (32.6%) and 182 (67.4%) female (N =270) undergraduate students whose ages ranged between 15to 25 years (  = 18.66 +1.83). Psychological wellbeing was measured using the Ryff Psychological Wellbeing scale. Perceived social support and emotional intelligence were measured using the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support and the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire – Short Form respectively. Female participants reported significantly higher mean wellbeing scores. And Multiple Regression analysis showed that emotional intelligence and perceived social support correlated positively with psychological wellbeing. Perceived social support moderated emotional intelligence and interacted positively with age. We conclude that emotional intelligence is vital to psychological wellbeing and mental health and should be targeted by clinicians in helping students who manifest signs of poor psychological wellbeing.


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The Role of Emotional Intelligence and Perceived Social Support in Psychological Wellbeing of University Students. (2024). NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 11(1&2), 10-19.

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