ERIC Number: ED229989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Self Perceptions of Gifted Children with Implications for Adult Personal Success and General Mental Health. Preliminary Report.
Marston, Ruth Ann; Abraham, Willard
To examine the existence of short term indicators of long term program results, studies and autobiographical/biographical material of gifted individuals were reviewed. Analysis yielded a checklist of 25 characteristics purported to lead to satisfaction as adults. The checklist items are explained to include the following self perceptions of gifted children: leadership; self determination and high perceived level of control over one's self; high levels of personal energy; increasing interest in the arts; early reading; interest in exploring problems and confidence in ability to do so; and ambition for excellence and advancement in the occupation. When the checklist was administered to three groups of students in grades 5 through 8 (including "new gifted,""continuing gifted," and control Ss), the continuing gifted Ss were significantly higher than control Ss in 11 areas, including ability to act as leader, intentions to complete at least 4 years of college, interest in the arts, and ability to plan school work. Results suggested program goals for home and school. Goals are presented for three areas: understanding, valuing, enhancing the individual's gifts; ability to deal effectively with the products of other minds; and creation and presentation by gifted students of products others will judge to be superior. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of The Council for Exceptional Children (61st, Detroit, MI, April 4-8, 1983).