EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH VACCINATION KNOWLEDGE AND PREVENTIVE BEHAVIOURS AMONG MEDICAL AND NON-MEDICAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN UiTM CAWANGAN SELANGOR

Authors

  • Norazlina Ahmad Department of Pharmaceutical Life Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Puncak Alam Campus, 42300 Bandar Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Roshartina Zakaria Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA Selangor, Puncak Alam Campus, 42300 Bandar Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Nurulhuda Noh Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA Selangor, Puncak Alam Campus, 42300 Bandar Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Ezlina Usir Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Puncak Alam Campus, 42300 Bandar Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Azwandi Ahmad Department of Pharmaceutical Life Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Puncak Alam Campus, 42300 Bandar Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Keywords:

Emotional Intelligence, Vaccination Knowledge, Preventive Behaviour, Undergraduate Student, COVID-19 Pandemic

Abstract

Emotional intelligence (EI) is understanding, using, and managing emotions constructively. Increasing students' vaccination knowledge during the COVID-19 pandemic is vital, as it considerably influences individual preventive behaviour. Thus, this research aims to determine the relationship between EI level with vaccination knowledge and preventive behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic. A correlational research design was conducted among 387 UiTM Cawangan Selangor (UCS), Malaysia undergraduate students. Three valid and reliable questionnaires were used: the USM Emotional Quotient Inventory (USMEQ-i), Level of Vaccination Knowledge, and Behavioural Prevention Questionnaire. In the study, the majority of the respondents have a high level of EI (n = 285, 73.6%), followed by an average (n = 102, 26.4%) and none of the respondents has a low EI level A weak positive correlation was found between EI and vaccination knowledge in the medical fields of the study, r(182) = 0.159, p < 0.05. For vaccination knowledge and preventive behaviour, a weak positive correlation was found between those variables in both medical, r(182) = 0.182, p < 0.05 and non-medical, r(201) = 0.227, p < 0.05 fields of study. Therefore, EI acts as an essential element to increase the level of vaccination knowledge among medical but not non-medical students. Students with a high level of vaccination knowledge exhibit good preventive behaviour in both fields of study. Hence, this research might help to decrease COVID-19 transmission significantly.

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Published

2024-04-28

How to Cite

Ahmad, N., Zakaria, R., Noh, N., Usir, E., & Ahmad, A. (2024). EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH VACCINATION KNOWLEDGE AND PREVENTIVE BEHAVIOURS AMONG MEDICAL AND NON-MEDICAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN UiTM CAWANGAN SELANGOR. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 24(1), 187–193. Retrieved from https://mjphm.org/index.php/mjphm/article/view/1864