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Obukhova Y.V., Tokmakova D.S. Systematic review of research on the relationships between social intelligence and the BIG FIVE personality traits

Full text in Russian: Обухова Ю.В., Токмакова Д.С. Систематический обзор исследований взаимосвязи социального интеллекта и личностных черт в зарубежных публикациях

Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

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In this paper we conducted a systematic review of relationships between social intelligence and personality traits. Characteristics of the correlations between indices of social intelligence and personality traits were established based on the analysis of 66 studies, published in journals indexed in the Academic Search Complete, PsycINFO + PsycARTICLES, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, Web of Science and Scopus. The main analyzed variables represented type of publication, study design, type of groups studied and country of the study. First, the dimensions of social intelligence and personality traits of teachers and their influence on educational process were analyzed. Secondly, the role of social intelligence and personality traits in the level of teachers’ leadership, psychological resilience and managerial skills was investigated. Gender differences were also examined. The object of empirical research was found to be predominantly educational (pre-school, primary school, adolescent and youth age categories) and professional (teachers, military, medical personnel, managers and administrators) type of small groups. No studies whose samples represented pre-retirement and retirement age groups were found. Empirical data collection was mostly based on complex psycho-diagnostic methods including questionnaires, expert assessments, and self-reports. Analysis of the results was carried out by means of correlational analysis. A portion of the studies introduced recommendations on the development of social intelligence and effective use of personal characteristics.

Keywords: social intelligence, personality traits, systematic review, international research, Academic Search Complete, PsycINFO + PsycARTICLES, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, Web of Science, Scopus

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Acknowledgements / Acknowledgement

Authors would like to express sincerest gratitude to David Pickup, information specialist at the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP) of Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), for his help and guidance in creating the search strategy for this review and for facilitating access to some of the bibliographic databases used in it.


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Received 21 April 2020. Date of publication: 28 August 2020.

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Obukhova Yulia V. Candidate of Science in Psychology, associate professor of Developmental Psychology of Academy of Psychology and Education Sciences Southern Federal University, 105/42, Bolshaya Sadovaya Street, Rostov-on-Don, 344006, Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

Tokmakova Daria S. Master's student of Developmental Psychology of Academy of Psychology and Education Sciences Southern Federal University, 105/42, Bolshaya Sadovaya Street, Rostov-on-Don, 344006, Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

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Obukhova Y.V., Tokmakova D.S. Systematic review of research on the relationships between social intelligence and the BIG FIVE personality traits. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2020, Vol. 13, No. 72, p. 2. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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