Relationship between vocational Student's Deviant Behaviors and Emotional Intelligence.

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Isariya Darathong
Nuttorn Pityaratstian
Napaporn Komolpan


Objective: To examine deviant behaviors among vocational students in Bangkok, and to investigate the relationship between the deviant behaviors and potential associated factors, including emotional intelligence.
Materials and Method: The research design was cross-sectional and descriptive. The samples included a total of 1,051 vocational students (Vocational Certificate) in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year, and high
vocational students (High Vocational Diploma) in 1st and 2nd year from five different vocational colleges in Bangkok. The instruments consisted of three following parts; respondentûs demographic
data, the Emotional Intelligence Test, and the Deviant Behavior Inventory. To analyze data, descriptive statistics was used to describe the vocational studentsû characteristics. Pearsonûs
correlation coefficient was conducted to determine the relationship between deviant behaviors and emotional intelligence. T-test and one-way ANOVA were used to delineate the difference.
Result: The vocational students reported themselves as having deviant behaviors on average of 2.21 areas (range 0 - 12), while they were rated as having the deviant behaviors by teacher in 0.51
areas (range 0 - 9). Evaluation of deviant behaviors by students and teachers showed moderate agreement (r = 0.223, p = 0.01). Factors associated with the deviant behaviors included gender,
program studied, year and GPA. Regarding the assessment of emotional intelligence, 3.8% of vocational students in Bangkok were rated as of high level, 65.3% somewhat high, 30.2%
moderate, and 0.7% somewhat poor. None of the participants were rated as of poor emotional intelligence. There was no relationship between emotional intelligence scores and number of
deviant behaviors (r = 0.015, = 0.626).
Conclusion: Despite several factors associated with deviant behaviors among the vocational students were found, there was no relationship with emotional intelligence.

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Darathong, I., Pityaratstian, N., & Komolpan, N. (2013). Relationship between vocational Student’s Deviant Behaviors and Emotional Intelligence. Journal of the Psychiatric Association of Thailand, 54(2), 125–136. Retrieved from
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Isariya Darathong, Master of Science (Mental Health), Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University

Nuttorn Pityaratstian, Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University

Napaporn Komolpan, Master of Science (Mental Health), Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University