ERIC Number: ED269657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-26
Reference Count: 0
Psychological Counseling with Families of Gifted Children.
Webb, James T.
The emotional needs of gifted children are seldom considered by psychologists either during their training or in their subsequent professional practices. Most psychology trainees appear to be exposed only to the Terman (1925) studies which concluded that gifted children have significantly fewer social and emotional problems than does the general population. Experimental flaws in the Terman studies, and recent data concerning relationships between giftedness and depression, peer and sibling problems, suicide, underachievement, and delinquency suggest that psychologists need to direct more attention toward problems of the gifted. Unfortunately, the lack of emphasis within psychology concerning gifted children reflects a similar neglect in society at large. Only one-half of the gifted children in the United States have been identified and only one-third of these are served by special school programs. A program to counsel parents of gifted children was developed which focuses on identification; motivation; discipline; peer, sibling, and parent relationships; stress management; depression; tradition-breaking; and communication of feelings. The counseling program appears to have been therapeutic and effective in changing parenting perceptions and behaviors and in promoting insight into gifted children's perceptions. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).