ERIC Number: ED021350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1962
Reference Count: N/A
Personal and Social Adjustment of Gifted Adolescents. CEC Research Monograph, Series A, Number 4.
Smith, Donald C.
The study examined similarities and differences in the personal and social adjustment of intellectually gifted and average adolescents along six criteria: independent-dominant and responsible-cooperative interpersonal behavior, moderation of interpersonal behavior, unity or integration of personality, self acceptance, and accuracy of self perception. Two matched groups of 42 subjects each, one with IQ's from 130 to 150, the other with IQ's between 90 and 110, completed the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) and the LaForge-Suczek Interpersonal Check List. Additional interpersonal ratings were secured from teachers and classmates. Results on interpersonal behavior indicated that the superior students were significantly higher in independent-dominant traits, aggressive-rebellious traits, and responsible-cooperative traits. On the TAT average students expressed a higher proportion of themes of masochism-weakness and conformity-trust. On concepts of ideal traits a significantly larger number of average subjects fell above the median on the responsible-cooperative cluster. On all other items, superior students failed to differ significantly. It was thus concluded that factors other than intellect influence personal and social adjustment. Earlier studies are reviewed, and 76 references are cited. Twenty-five tables and an appendix present data. (JD)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adolescents, Behavior, Conformity, Exceptional Child Research, Gifted, Intelligence, Interpersonal Relationship, Peer Groups, Personality, Personality Assessment, Responsibility, Self Concept, Self Evaluation, Social Adjustment
The Council for Exceptional Children, NEA, 1201 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($2.00).
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Arlington, VA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Thematic Apperception Test