ERIC Number: ED236495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May-5
Reference Count: 0
The Lonely and Gifted Adolescent: Stress, Depression and Anger.
Kaiser, Charles F.; Berndt, David J.
Loneliness has been implicated as a central causal factor in depression, suicide, social problems, physical illness and general maladjustment. To investigate the correlates of loneliness in gifted adolescents, 175 adolescents (aged 14-17) who had been separated from their homes to participate in a special academic program completed a battery of inventories measuring loneliness (Young Loneliness Inventory), anger (Novoco Anger Inventory), depresson (short form of the Multiscore Depression Inventory) and the effects of life events and adaptation (Coddington adolescent adaptation of the Holmes and Rahe SRE measure of life events). All instruments were administered on the first day of the formal group session. An analysis of the results showed that loneliness was predicted best by depression, life events, and anger. Components of depression which best predicted loneliness were helplessness, social introversion, and low self esteem. Although the results must be considered cautiously, they do suggest that the lonely but gifted adolescent, in addition to being depressed and angry, is adapting to life event changes. (Author/BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (55th, Chicago, IL, May 5-7, 1983).