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Emotional Intelligence and Practice of Organized Physical-Sport Activity in Children

Version 1 : Received: 13 October 2018 / Approved: 15 October 2018 / Online: 15 October 2018 (10:31:47 CEST)

How to cite: León, B.; Mendo, S.; Amado, D.; Sánchez, P.A.; Iglesias, D. Emotional Intelligence and Practice of Organized Physical-Sport Activity in Children. Preprints 2018, 2018100298 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0298.v1). León, B.; Mendo, S.; Amado, D.; Sánchez, P.A.; Iglesias, D. Emotional Intelligence and Practice of Organized Physical-Sport Activity in Children. Preprints 2018, 2018100298 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0298.v1).

Abstract

Taking into account Bar-On’s postulations about social-emotional intelligence, the aim of the current work is to find out the differences in the five dimensions of this intelligence between children that practice organized sport and those children that do not practice it at elementary school level, to show that an increasing in the number of hours per day performing this activity causes differences in some of these dimensions. Hence, a sample of 940 children from elementary schools, ranging in age from 6 to 12 years old, attending different schools from the Autonomous Community of Extremadura (Spain), was used. Results showed that children who practiced organized sport had better coping abilities for stress, adaptability, and mood states, and that they are more emotionally intelligent than those who did not. Moreover, children who practiced for fewer hours daily (up to 2 hours) had better stress coping than those who practiced more. To conclude, it is important to promote the sport federative practice in elementary education, in order to ensure that children learn to better regulate and manage their emotions, without increasing it to an excessive number of hours per day, which may generate greater stress that might be difficult to control.

Subject Areas

emotional intelligence; organized sport; children; elementary education

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