Linking Emotional Intelligence (EQ) to Youth Alcohol and Drug Use
Although adolescents experience increased cognitive abilities (cognitive intelligence, IQ), many may not effectively manage their emotions (emotional intelligence, EQ/EI). Consequences include poor emotional regulation and poor decision making, which can trigger health compromising behaviors such as stress, depression, suicide ideation, delinquency and alcohol/drug use. This session will explore the link between emotional intelligence and decision making. Participants will gain insight into how EQ/EI skills contribute to and/or are linked to a reduction in risk behaviors associated with adolescent alcohol and drug use. Participants will also develop an understanding of factors that influence teen brain development, behavior, emotional competence and decision making, and what implications these factors have for anyone working with teens including youth, parents, educators, law-enforcement, youth serving organizations, healthcare professionals and others.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1) Explain the constructs of emotional intelligence, self-regulation and decision making
2) Understand the link between emotional intelligence and youth alcohol and drug use
3) Gain insight into the application/implications of EQ skills in youth alcohol and drug prevention