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Relationship between intuition and emotional intelligence in occupational therapists in mental health practice

Chaffey, Lisa, Unsworth, Carolyn A. and Fossey, Ellie 2012, Relationship between intuition and emotional intelligence in occupational therapists in mental health practice, American journal of occupational therapy, vol. 66, no. 1, January/February, pp. 88-96, doi: 10.5014/ajot.2012.001693.

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Title Relationship between intuition and emotional intelligence in occupational therapists in mental health practice
Author(s) Chaffey, Lisa
Unsworth, Carolyn A.
Fossey, Ellie
Journal name American journal of occupational therapy
Volume number 66
Issue number 1
Season January/February
Start page 88
End page 96
Total pages 9
Publisher American Occupational Therapy Association
Place of publication Bethesda, Maryland
Publication date 2012-01
ISSN 0272-9490
Keyword(s) occupational therapy
emotional intelligence
clinical reasoning
professional reasoning
mental health services
Summary Objective: 
Clinical reasoning studies have acknowledged tacit aspects of practice, and recent research 
suggests that clinical reasoning contains intuition informed by tacit knowledge. Intuition also appears to be influenced by awareness and understanding of emotions. This study investigated the relationship between intuition and emotional intelligence among occupational therapists in mental health practice.
We mailed a survey containing measures of cognitive style and of use of emotional competencies at work and demographic questions to 400 members of the national occupational therapy association; 134 occupational therapists responded.
A moderate relationship was found between intuitive cognitive style and emotional intelligence. Experienced therapists scored higher on the use of emotional competencies at work and reported a preference for an intuitive cognitive style to a greater extent than novices.
This study represents the first attempt to explore occupational therapists’ preferred cognitive style and self-reported emotional intelligence. Findings suggest that exploring emotions through reflective practice could enhance intuitive aspects of clinical reasoning.
Language eng
DOI 10.5014/ajot.2012.001693
Field of Research 110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl Physiotherapy)
Socio Economic Objective 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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