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Erika Grose

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Thesis Committee Chairperson

Lisa Ball, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Second Reader

Komal Chandan, MD


A quantitative study was conducted to assess the correlation between Trait Emotional Intelligence (Trait EI) and the self-reported compliance of those with type II diabetes mellitus. The purpose of this study was to investigate Trait Emotional Intelligence and patient compliance with type II diabetes. The theoretical framework was Imogene King’s Theory of Goal Attainment in conjunction with Petrides’ Trait Emotional Intelligence theory. Human ethics board approval was obtained from Daemen College. A self-reported type II diabetes compliance questionnaire along with the TEIQue-SF was distributed to patients in three local clinics within Western New York. The questionnaire inquired about questions regarding how the individual perceived their compliance relating to their diabetes. All patients who met the inclusion criteria received the questionnaire upon checking in to their appointment with their routine clinic paperwork. Data was analyzed using SAS Software Version 9.4. A total of forty questionnaires were returned completed for a response rate of 35%. The majority of participants were female (n=21, 52.5%). Participants ranged from 38 to 83 years of age with a mean age of 64 years. Trait Emotional Intelligence, as measured by the TEIQue-SF, showed that the EI of the participants in this study was moderate to high (range ~ 2 – 7 out of 7; mean ~ 5). A total compliance score was calculated based upon the summary of responses of the self-reported questionnaire (range ~ 1 – 10 out of 12; mean ~ 6.7), indicating a moderate compliance with type II diabetes. Statistical analysis failed to demonstrate a statistically significant correlation between Trait EI and compliance. There is a need for further research on the topic of Trait Emotional Intelligence and compliance of those with type II diabetes mellitus.