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We studied the relationship between the emotional intelligence of mothers and problem behavior in their young children. The study covered 65 mothers who answered questionnaires during all of the studied phases, i.e., when the child was a fetus, and when it was 2, 3, 4, and 5 years old. The emotional intelligence of the mothers was measured with Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i: Bar-On, 1997). The results showed a relationship between certain areas of emotional intelligence of the mothers and problem behavior in their children. The mother's emotional intelligence was related to the mother herself having been a victim of violence.


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JOURNAL OF PRENATAL AND PERINATAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH publishes research and clinical articles from the cutting edge of the science of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. The journal, published quarterly since 1986, is dedicated to the in-depth exploration human reproduction and pregnancy and the mental and emotional development of the unborn and newborn child.

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