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ERIC Number: EJ1044560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3532
Giftedness, Trauma, and Development: A Qualitative, Longitudinal Case Study
Peterson, Jean Sunde
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v37 n4 p295-318 Dec 2014
A qualitative, longitudinal, phenomenological case study explored how a gifted female experienced various life events and aspects of development during adolescence and young adulthood (ages 15-30 years), particularly as related to multiple traumatic experiences, which were revealed late in the first year of the study. Additional experiences, well into young adulthood, appear to have been precipitated by posttrauma phenomena, among them a sense of powerlessness, a need for control, extreme and confusing emotions and behaviors, disordered eating, and sensitivity to others' responses. The control concern was manifested in a pervasive "sense of urgency," which contributed to decisions that had particular impact on her development. Special attention is given to the intersection of giftedness and adversity, with reference to characteristics associated with giftedness. Method and findings begin to fill multiple gaps in the giftedness literature, but findings are generally supported by existing literature related to trauma and protective factors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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