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.
Forms : full PEC (50 items). See below for more information on the subscales/scores
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:
|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|
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 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.
For research purpose
= simple questionnaire with scoring key below.
PEC (Full Dutch version)
= online questionnaire with automatic personalized feedback
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 Emotion.
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.