Date of Award


Degree Name

School Psychology


Graduate School of Education and Professional Development

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Sandra S. Stroebel

Second Advisor

Fred Jay Krieg

Third Advisor

Edna Meisel


Research has shown that children who fail to develop emotional intelligence are prone toward anti-social and self-destructive behaviors. The purpose of this study was to determine if the book Sad, Mad, Glad and subsequent character education lesson plans have an effect on children’s emotional intelligence. Such results are important, because teaching children to be aware of their emotions helps them with self-regulation and social interaction. Also, it is important to determine if character education programs are effective before widespread implementation occurs in educational settings. Fifty-four students, ages 5-11, from the MUGC Summer Enrichment Program participated in the study. It was hypothesized that emotional intelligence scores obtained after the character education lesson plans would be significantly different compared to those obtained before. Results from paired samples t-tests showed no significant differences between the means, indicating that the Sad, Mad, Glad book and character education lessons did not significantly affect emotional intelligence.


Emotional intelligence.

Emotions - Social aspects.