The Emotional & Relational Intelligence Questionnaire
The foundations for what would become the Emotional & Relational Intelligence Questionnaire were laid in 2001. After a series of conversations with colleagues, professors and administrators, Dr. Gary Oliver initiated a project that would measure the Emotional & Relational Intelligence® (ERQ) of college students. During a four-day conference, representatives of 17 private Christian colleges shared their experiences with the team from The Center for Healthy Relationships. Participants in the conference identified specific areas of concerning how they might measure the impact they had on the whole student, beyond what is represented in grade point averages and on transcripts.
The CHR team invested a couple of years in identifying ways they might address the concerns of the conference participants. This included the development of a comprehensive literature review and a thorough survey of existing instruments to determine if any of them met the criteria of assessing relational, emotional and spiritual development of college students. Finding no single tool that met these needs, CHR began to construct one. Drawing from work he did in the late 1990s in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Oliver and his team began the development of what would become the CHR Student Relationships Assessment.
The CHR Relationships Assessments
A three-year grant in 2003 enabled CHR to invest directly in the development of this new measure. Working with a group of external consultants who were experts in the field, CHR generated thousands of items to assess spiritual, emotional and relational growth. These items were honed down into a set of core questions at the center of the Student Relationships Assessment (SRA), which also includes items about student life, campus experiences and personal behaviors.
In 2005, the CHR team recognized the value of utilizing this core set of questions to help pastors and church staff to understand the emotional, relational and spiritual health of their congregations. The CHR Church Relationships Assessment (CRA) was developed for this purpose, based on the previous experience with the SRA. Utilizing the core ERQ questions of the SRA, a new tool was developed that also documented church members experiences with their church, their perspectives on services, etc.
ERIQ Comes Into Its Own
In 2014, CHR initiated a periodic assessment of the subscales of the core emotional and relational questions in the SRA and CRA. CHR staff named this collection of questions as The Emotional & Relational Intelligence Questionnaire (ERIQ), which complements the Emotional & Relational Intelligence® content that is the foundation of our community workshops.
Over a two year period, a series of confirmatory factor analyses were conducted to test the factor structure of ERIQ, and ensure that the items in the survey supported the emotional and relational constructs identified in the summary reports provided to organizations using either of the CHR relationships assessments. After expanding the number of subscales and questions, confirmatory factor analysis identified 12 subscales with 5 items each, which provide comprehensive and meaningful feedback to the organizations utilizing either of the CHR relationships assessments.
The 12 subscales are clustered into four primary categories, as follows:
- Self Awareness
- Emotional Self Awareness
- Accurate Self-Assessment
- Self-Worth and Confidence
- Emotional Self Control
- Personal Responsibility
- Anger Management
- Relational Awareness
- Relational Management
- Conflict Engagement
- Conflict Management
The Future of ERIQ
The Emotional & Relational Intelligence Questionnaire continues to be the functional core of both the Church Relationships Assessment and the Student Relationships Assessment.
Additionally, CHR is investigating new opportunities for ERIQ that would provide unique assessment information to counselors and therapists. The simplified nature of ERIQ and its lengthy (60 questions) makes it ideal for quickly assessing the emotional and relational development of individuals, and enables CHR to provide a unique “snapshot” of a congregation or student body.