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Strengthening emotional and social competence: undergraduate health professions students / Stärkung emotionaler und sozialer Kompetenzen bei Bachelorstudierenden in Gesundheitsberufen

Roberta Waite
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Published Online: 2015-12-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijhp-2015-0011


Emotional and social competencies are important skills to cultivate in developing leaders. This study examined pre-post findings from the Hay Group Emotional and Social Competence Inventory among 18 undergraduate students enrolled in a leadership programme while they concurrently completed their traditional academic courses. Correlations and paired t-tests were conducted using Statistical Package of Social Sciences 20.0 for data analysis. Statistical significance was found in students’ self-assessed functional behaviour in a number of competencies - emotional self-awareness, positive outlook, empathy, organisational awareness, coach and mentor, systems thinking, and pattern recognition. Pedagogical strategies that intentionally focus on development of emotional and social competencies aid in students’ abilities to understand, internalise, and make use of skills essential to a variety of leadership roles, specifically, how they are able to relate effectively with others. Graduating students who are better prepared to serve in leadership roles - on teams and in the community are an investment in the future of healthcare.


Emotionale und soziale Kompetenzen sind wichtig für zukünftige Führungskräfte. Die vorliegende Studie untersucht die Pre- Post-Ergebnisse des Hay Group Emotional and Social Competence Inventory bei 18 Bachelorstudierenden, die während dem Studium einen Führungskurs besuchten. Korrelationen und T-Tests für abhängige Stichproben wurden mit SPSS 20.0 durchgeführt. Signifikante Ergebnisse zeigten sich in einer Reihe von selbst eingeschätzten Kompetenzen: emotionales Selbstbewusstsein, Optimismus, Empathie, Organisationsbewusstsein, Coach und Mentor, Denken in Systemen, Mustererkennung. Pädagogische Strategien, die auf die Entwicklung von sozialen und emotionalen Kompetenzen fokussieren, fördern die Fähigkeiten von Studierenden, Kompetenzen für verschiedene Führungsrollen zu verstehen, internalisieren und anzuwenden, insbesondere hinsichtlich der effektiven Beziehungsgestaltung zu anderen. Absolventen/-innen, die für Führungsaufgaben im Team und im Gesundheitssystem vorbereitet sind, sind eine Investition in die Zukunft der Gesundheitsversorgung.

Keywords: emotional competence - social competence - leadership - undergraduate health professions

Keywords: Emotionale Kompetenzen - Soziale Kompetenzen - Führung - Bachelorstudierende Gesundheitsberufe


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About the article

Received: 2015-03-28

Accepted: 2015-09-14

Published Online: 2015-12-04

Published in Print: 2015-12-01

Citation Information: International Journal of Health Professions, Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 84–92, ISSN (Online) 2296-990X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijhp-2015-0011.

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