ERIC Number: ED326752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug-11
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Similarities and Differences between Contemporary Women and Terman's Gifted Women.
Tomlinson-Keasey, Carol A.; Blurton, Elizabeth J.
The Terman longitudinal data set examined a variety of variables that shaped the personal and professional achievements of 672 gifted women. While the variables identified in this 60-year study started by Lewis Terman in 1921 are provocative, one must ask whether the predictors identified as meaningful for the Terman women would apply to a group of contemporary women. This study compared responses of 485 contemporary women with the responses of the Terman women to a host of questions covering their aspirations, educational and occupational achievement, satisfaction with life, personal adjustment, and their childhood families. Of the contemporary women, 306 were identified as gifted and 179 were identified as being of normal intelligence. Comparisons were made between the Terman gifted women and the contemporary gifted women, between the gifted contemporary women and the normal contemporary women, and between the Terman women who attended college in the 1930s and contemporary women who attended college in the 1960s. Contemporary women, not surprisingly, had surpassed the Terman women in educational and occupational achievements. Despite these clear gains, the contemporary women reported significantly lower levels of satisfaction in all spheres of their lives. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; California Univ., Riverside.
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