ERIC Number: ED224236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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A Comparative Analysis of Social Behaviors of Gifted and Non-Gifted Preschool Children.
James, William H.; Lessany-Abdi, Deborah K.
The study examined social behaviors of 19 gifted and 19 nongifted preschool children. A social behavioral inventory was developed from repeated observations of interactions collected during an 8 week pilot study. Four general categories of behavior were observed and analyzed: verbal positive (greeting, conversation, compliment, concern, laughing, and singing); verbal negative (name calling, reprimand, exclusion, abrasive language, and whining); physical positive (hug, pat, hand holding, material sharing, smiling, and running with a peer); and physical negative (threat by gesture, push, grab, hit, and rock/sand throwing). Frequency sampling revealed differences in frequency of positive verbal and positive physical behaviors, with the nongifted Ss exhibiting a higher rate of these behaviors than gifted Ss. The relationship of low incidence of verbal and physical behaviors among gifted Ss to cognitive and social development is posed as an important topic for future research. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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