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ERIC Number: ED332439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 23
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Social Comparisons: To Whom Do Parents of Gifted Boys and Girls Compare Their Children?
Anderson, Robert W.; Tollefson, Nona
This study sought to determine whether parents of gifted daughters would emphasize social variables and parents of gifted sons would emphasize accomplishments and achievement (academic variables) in comparing their child to others and in making decisions about activities in which their child would participate. Parents (N=107) of boys and girls enrolled in programs for gifted students in grades K-12 completed a questionnaire on which they indicated the degree to which they agreed with statements about their child's performance in academic and social activities. They also indicated the criteria they used to make decisions about academic and social activities in which they would encourage their child to participate. There were no statistically significant differences in the mean item responses to the questionnaire for parents of boys and girls. Parents emphasized social comparisons (i.e., parents assigned greatest importance to their child's "fitting in socially" with children in their age group). Parents reported that they were most likely to make decisions about whether their child should participate in an activity based upon whether children not enrolled in gifted programs would be participating in the academic or social activity. Results did not support the premise that parents reinforce different sex role orientations for daughters than for sons. (27 references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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