This article outlines and shares one view related to the correlation between emotional intelligence and the social environment of development – the family. I gathered information in regard with the theoretical explanatory characteristics and mechanisms of the emotional intelligence concept and the family influence as the main socialising agent. I explained the importance of the familial context in the emotional intelligence development at the preteenager age and its necessity when it comes to ensuring success and keeping a healthy mental state as well as coping in stressful situations. Out of the complexity of psychiatric and psychosocial factors which contribute to the development of personality, the small circle, intrafamilial, in which the child’s personality is developing, can have a major influence on him. The grounds of emotional intelligence start and evolve especially in the social environment of development. EQ offers a stable support and solid structure out of which all evolutionary maturity can be sustained, leading to a healthy and mature interaction with the people around him. Throughout a continuous learning process, family becomes the initial engine in the human growth. Family ensures personal and social identity caring a positive impact on the emotional development and behaviour of preteenager personalities.
Key words: Emotional intelligence; familial influence; family climate; preteenagers