Despite the development of numerous measures of emotional intelligence, there is a lack of independent research substantiating their psychometric properties. In the present paper, exploratory factor analysis and structural equation modelling were used to assess the factorial and construct validity of the Trait Meta-Mood Scale (TMMS; Salovey Mayer, Goldman, Turvey, & Palfai, 1995). In a general population sample (n = 310), the three factors (Attention, Clarity and Repair) were replicated, although support for a fourth factor was also found. Support was also found for the construct validity of the emotional management competency assessed by the TMMS. Overall, the findings support the Attention, Clarity and Repair decomposition of the TMMS. Directions for further validation of the TMMS and the construct of emotional intelligence are discussed.
Palmer, B., Gignac, G., Bates, T., & Stough, C. (2003). Examining the Structure of the Trait Meta-Mood Scale. Australian Journal of Psychology, 55(3), 154-158. https://doi.org/10.1080/0004953042000298612