Examining the Relation between Emotional Intelligence and Occupational Role Stress among Extensionists Working in Krishi Vigyan Kendras in India

Jagriti Rohit, Premlata Singh, Satyapriya, V. Sangeetha and N.V. Kumbhare


Extension professionals dealing with one of the most underprivileged clientele (farmers) in India, undergoes a lot of
stress. Emotional intelligence (EI) is among the variables that appear to be associated with stress. Thus, this study
aims to investigate the relationship between Emotional Intelligence (EI) and organizational role stress (ORS) among
the Extensionists working in Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK’s) in India. A total sample size of 240 Extension professionals
were selected by simple random sampling technique from the four zones viz., Agricultural Technology Application
Research Institute (ATARI) Zone I, Zone II, Zone IV and Zone VII. The result of the study revealed that the respondents
were having average level of emotional intelligence and high level of organizational role stress. Regression analysis
showed that the EI factors explained approximately 34 per cent of the variance of ORS levels of the extension
professionals. Individuals with high EI have less ORS. Therefore, it is recommended that short-term training courses
be scheduled and designed for enhancing the EI and thus reducing the role stress of the Extensionists.

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