Sunday, July 26, 2009

Caregiving and Emotional Intelligence

In the near term I will be exploring how the knowledge of emotional intelligence can contribute to the planning, preparation and actual situation involving caregiving for loved ones who no longer can live an independent life style. If you have an interest in the subject you may wish to follow this blog.

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At July 11, 2012 at 11:35 PM , Anonymous Khyati Sampat said...


I am interested in knowing how EI can play a role to overcome stressors associated to caregiving a child with intellectual disability. How improving EI can thus lead to increased quality of life?

At July 12, 2012 at 6:24 PM , Blogger Chuck Wolfe said...

Hello Khyati,

Thank you for your comment. The key to any issue like the one you raise is to ask yourself, how are you feeling about being the caregiver? How is the child feeling about having an intellectual disability? Would you say that the feelings you and the child currently have are not helpful, possibly even harmful, then ask yourself, what would me more ideal to feel for you, and for your child. Once you have established the goal of more ideal feelings, then you need to ask yourself how to change the current feelings to the ones that are more ideal. Try and answer the questions that I have raised in this blog and I will continue to correspond with you. I also encourage you to call into my radio show which is on the first and second Wednesday of each month from Noon to 1 PM ET and can be heard streaming on the internet or if you live near or in Connecticut on 89.5 FM. If you look at my website you can learn more about my radio show.

Warm regards,
Chuck Wolfe

At July 13, 2012 at 7:24 AM , Anonymous Khyati Sampat said...

Hello Sir,

Thank you for your quick reply, I really appreciate it. I'm from Mumbai, India. I am pursuing my Masters' in Human Development from College of Home Science, Nirmala Niketan. (Affiliated to University of Mumbai. I am doing a research on Emotional Intelligence (EI) of Parents of Children with Intellectual Disability and its Relationship with their Quality of Life (QOL) and Coping Strategies employed to overcome stressors associated with caregiving.

Thus I am eager to have expert views on the same. Through literature review I understand, that parents of children with ID have higher stress levels and this affects their QOL. However, EI plays a role in positively coping with stressors and also has a positive influence to improve QOL.Thus how beneficial will it be to lay guidelines to raise their EI and thereby QOL. So through this research, I intend to lay guidelines for parents of children with ID to change their current feelings to the ones that are more ideal, by employing positive coping strategies and so on. This could be achieved when they work on raising their EI level.

I'd like to have your opinion and views on this prospective research.

So long.

Khyati Sampat.

At July 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM , Blogger Chuck Wolfe said...


I suggest you listen to the audio of my explanation of healthcare for aging and emotional intelligence. That will provide you with insights into the relationship with emotional intelligence and caregiving. As to research you should review I am not familiar with studies that reflect what you are seeking. As an expert in the field I would be comfortable with you noting that whenever someone is confronted with an emotionally challenging situation, such as dealing with children who struggle intellectually, it can only help to be mindful of all the emotions involved. For example, considering that a child spends most of his or her waking hours in a school setting, it is predictable that those who find it difficult to learn are often going to experience low self esteem. To counter that all caregivers should be aware of the need to provide positive reinforcement for effort and attitude and reward for all and any accomplishments.

Hope that is helpful.

Good luck with the research. Someone else in India is trying to get me to come out and run a workshop in Mumbai. I hope some day to do so.

Warm regards,
Chuck Wolfe

At July 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM , Anonymous Khyati Sampat said...


Thank you Sir for your inputs. I will seek your audio recordings. Meanwhile, I would really appreciate if you could direct me to some EI experts working in the field of parenting and with special children population. It will be indeed a great help. Thank you.

Khyati Sampat


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