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Sex Differences in Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence and Educational Attainment in Libya

Alsedig Abdalgadr Al-Shahomee, Adrian Furnham and Richard Lynn

Abstract

Data for a sample of 18-year-old Applied Science and Social Science students in Libya are reported for intelligence (IQ), emotional intelligence (EI) and educational achievement. Means were significantly higher for Applied Science students than for Social Science students both for IQ and EI. Although males obtained higher means than females on intelligence assessed by the Standard Progressive Matrices, and females obtained higher means than males on emotional intelligence assessed by the Goleman test, the sex differences were very small and did not reach statistical significance. IQ, EI and educational achievement were significantly intercorrelated.

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