ERIC Number: ED267554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Personality and Family Variables and Exceptionally Gifted Boys' Creative Potential.
Albert, Robert S.; Runco, Mark A.
The purpose of this longitudinal project was to determine the influence of the family upon the early development and implementation of a gifted child's talent. Researchers examined two samples of exceptionally gifted boys and their families. One sample had cognitive scores within the 99th percentile in the mathematics-science domain; the other had IQ's over 150. The study was based on the following set of postulates: (1) creativity and intelligence share a number of attributes and perform in similar ways within a person's interactions with his environment; (2) the gifted person must undergo several developmental transformations that change their early giftedness into appropriate dispositions; (3) these transformations begin within the family but become refined by formal and informal education; (4) the family directs a child's early giftedness into progressively more suitable interests; (5) giftedness has a developmental history of its own. Results demonstrated statistical support for the association between the measures of creative potential and creative performance; moreover, the high IQ sample had creativity scored more closely tied to family variables that the math-science group. Researchers concluded that different types of cognitive exceptionality relate to different patterns of family experiences as conveyed by measn of their parents' personality traits. (RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Convention of the American Psychological Association (Los Angeles, CA, August 23-27, 1985).