Tests

The Profile of Emotional Competence (PEC)

The Profile of Emotional Competence is the product of more than 10 years of emotional intelligence research. It was developed by Brasseur and Mikolajczak in order to measure intra-personal EI and inter-personal EI separately. It assessed the five core emotional competences (identification, understanding, expression, regulation and use of emotions) distinctly for one’s emotions and others’ emotions. It has been validated in several studies on a total of nearly 22.000 subjects.

The PEC is available, free of charge, for research and clinical purposes. Users are invited to get familiar with emotional intelligence and emotional competence theory and research in order to be able to interpret the results accurately. The PEC is only suitable as a research/development tool ; it cannot be used for hiring or compensation decisions.

Basic Information

Forms : full PEC (50 items). See below for more information on the subscales/scores

Administration: Self-report

Administration Time: 10-15 min

Qualification needed to administer the test: Psychologist familiar with the Emotional intelligence and Emotional Competence research and theory.

Profile of Emotional Competence (PEC) – Subscales and scores

 The full (50-item) PEC comprises 10 subscales forming 2 factors (intra- and inter-personal EC) and 1 global EI score:

Dimensions Self Other
Identification Identify my emotions Identify others’ emotions
Understanding Understand my emotions Understand others’ emotions
Expression Express my emotions Listen to others’ emotions
Regulation Regulate my emotions Regulate others’ emotions
Use Use my emotions Use others’ emotions
  Intrapersonal EI Interpersonal EI
Global EI

 

Validation paper

Brasseur, S., Grégoire, J., Bourdu, R. & Mikolajczak, M. (2013). The Profile of Emotional Competence (PEC): Development and validation of a measure that fits dimensions of Emotional Competence theory. PLoS ONE, 8(5): e62635. (download it here). 

Translations

Translations of the English PEC are available in French (validated), Dutch (validated), Japanese (validated), Poolish (validation in progress), Romanian (validation in progress), Spanish (validation in progress), Basque (validation in progress), Portuguese (validation in progress). Collaborations are welcome in all other languages.

Available versions

For research purpose
= simple questionnaire with scoring key below.

For clinical or assessment purpose
= online questionnaire with automatic personalized feedback
(only available in French for the moment, soon available in English and Dutch).

Scoring key

Please send request for the scoring key or access to the online plateform to: Leopold Denis <leopold@moodwalker.com>. The scoring key is free for researchers and students.
Sample references in which the PEC was used
 

Mikolajczak, M., Avalosse, H., Vancorenland, S., Verniest, R. Callens, M. van Broeck, N. Fantini-Hauwel, C. & Mierop, A. (2015). A Nationally Representative Study of Emotional Competence and Health. Article in press at Emotionpdf_icn.gif

Nozaki, Y. & Koyasu, M. (2015). Emotionally competent individuals relieve ostracized individuals’ negative emotions. Article in press at Emotion. 

Nozaki, Y. & Koyasu, M. (2015). Can we apply an emotional competence measure to an eastern population? Psychometric properties of the Profile of Emotional Competence in a Japanese population. Article in press at Assessment.

Fantini-Hauwel, C. & Mikolajczak, M. (2014) Factor structure, evolution and predictive power of emotional competencies on physical and emotional health in the elderly. Journal of Aging and Health, 26, 993-114. 

Brasseur, S., Grégoire, J., Bourdu, R. & Mikolajczak, M. (2013). The Profile of Emotional Competence (PEC): Development and validation of a measure that fits dimensions of Emotional Competence theory. PLoS ONE, 8(5): e62635. pdf_icn.gif