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ERIC Number: ED563750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 214
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3035-7735-2
Exploring the Feminine Journey of Gifted Women Regarding Career Self-Efficacy and Emotional Well-Being
Penny, Heather Elizabeth Dean
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Highly capable and intelligent individuals identified as gifted and talented (GATE) in educational settings require support for their unique needs associated with their giftedness. Unique needs for gifted girls include high emotional sensitivities including anxiety, depression, and frustration. These needs can impede the positive development of career self-efficacy and emotional well-being among gifted individuals, which can negatively affect their ability to transition into the workforce. Most significantly, as gifted females mature, studies reveal this population working far below their potential. This phenomenological study addresses the problem of unfulfilled potential as well as the gaps in the existing research regarding gifted females by exploring the career self-efficacy and emotional well-being of 10 gifted women as it relates to their transition from school to work. Results from this qualitative study revealed five core themes: (a) Fulfillment--a sense of feeling, (b) Achievement & Responsibility--a sense of doing, (c) Identity--a sense of becoming, (d) Approval--a sense of searching, and (e) Growth--a sense of embracing. Furthermore, themes were explored through the theoretical constructs of Fredrickson's Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions as well as Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration. Ultimately, findings from textural and structural descriptions reveal that as participants transitioned from school to work, it was the ability of participants to design new paradigms and shift old paradigms, which increased overall career self-efficacy and emotional well-being. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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