ERIC Number: ED237820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
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Life Satisfaction in a Gifted Population.
Although gifted children have been the subject of investigation for 60 years, little information is available on gifted adults, particularly in regard to life satisfaction. To investigate life satisfaction in adults who as children were labeled as gifted, 298 adults, with a mean age of 27, completed a Likert-type instrument measuring degree of life satisfaction, and Flanagan's Quality of Life Scale. Degree of life satisfaction assessed such areas as happiest period of life, general life satisfaction, and feelings about personal and societal futures. The quality of life factors focused on physical and material well being, interpersonal relations, social activities, personal development and fullfillment, and recreation. For purposes of analysis the subjects were divided into five age groups at 5 year intervals. An analysis of the results showed that gifted individuals have a high degree of confidence in themselves and are satisfied with the quality of their lives. The largest percentage in all age groups rated their present age as the happiest period of their lives, and the majority (70%) of all respondents were satisfied with life in general. In regard to the future of society, 34% were optimistic, while 81% were optimistic about their personal futures and that of their families. Of most importance to this population of gifted individuals were health and personal safety, learning, understanding oneself, and relationship with one's spouse. Of least importance was participation in government and public affairs. (Author/BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (29th, Atlanta, GA, March 23-26, 1983).