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Ożańska-Ponikwia, Katarzyna. 2017. Are women more emotionally skilled when it comes to expression of emotions in the foreign language? Gender, emotional intelligence and personality traits in relation to emotional expression in the L2. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 20 (5) : 529–541.
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This inquiry explores the link between gender, emotional intelligence (EI), personality traits and self-reported emotional expression in the second language (L2). Data analysis proposes that gender might not affect self-perceived emotional expression in the L2, as the results of the t-test display that both males and females indicate similar frequency of expressing emotions in their L2. However, statistical analysis reports significant differences between males and females as far as personality traits of Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Emotional Stability/Neuroticism and EI trait of Emotional Regulation are concerned. At the same time, correlation analysis displays that personality traits of Extraversion, Openness and Agreeableness together with the EI trait of Empathy are strongly linked to emotional expression in the L2, proposing that there might be some indirect relationship between gender and emotional expression in the L2. The results of this inquiry point out the complexity of the relationship between gender, language, personality, culture and emotions, proposing that both EI and personality should be incorporated into further inquiry on gender and diverse aspects of bilingualism.