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Studia Psychologica Vol.53, No.2, p.175-184, 2011


Abstract: The aim of our research was to assess the predictive power of selected personality factors that are related to emotions in the decision-making process of paramedics. The focus of this study lies in emotional intelligence according to the model of Cooper and Sawaf (1997), styles of decision-making according to the Theory of Cognitive and Experiential Self (Epstein, 2003), Stroop’s resilience and Big Five personality traits as possible predictors of decision-making of paramedics. 92 paramedics participated in the study which employed the Iowa Gambling Task, EQTM map, Stroop test, Rational-Experiential Inventory and NEO-FFI. We determined gender specifications of the predictors of decision-making of paramedics. In paramedics (men), it was possible to predict appropriate decision-making based on emotional stability, extraversion and quick reactions in the Stroop test. Appropriate decision-making of female paramedics could be predicted based on two zones of emotional intelligence (low emotional awareness and positive current conditions) and on quick reactions in the Stroop test. The results obtained are interpreted with respect to specific gender expectations within the paramedic profession and the ability to resist negative emotions in the decision-making process.

Keywords: decision-making, emotional intelligence, resilience, rationality, experientialism, Big Five
Year: 2011, Volume: 53, Issue: 2 Page From: 175, Page To: 184

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