ERIC Number: EJ746047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
School Functioning and Psychological Well-Being of International Baccalaureate and General Education Students: A Preliminary Examination
Shaunessy, Elizabeth; Suldo, Shannon M.; Hardesty, Robin B.; Shaffer, Emily J.
Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, v17 n2 p76-89 Win 2006
The current study compared the school and psychological functioning of 122 gifted and high-achieving students to that of 176 general education students educated in the same school. Relative to their peers in general education, gifted and high-achieving students served in the school's International Baccalaureate (IB) program reported more positive perceptions of school climate, had higher grade point averages and academic self-efficacy, and reported less externalizing psychopathology and affiliation with negative peers. IB and general education students reported comparable levels of global life satisfaction and internalizing symptoms of psychopathology. The psychosocial adjustment of intellectually gifted students within the IB program was similar to that of their high-achieving IB peers on all indicators except satisfaction with friends. Recommendations for future research and implications for educational policy are presented. (Contains 5 tables.)
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, General Education, Comparative Analysis, Academically Gifted, High Achievement, High School Students, Grade Point Average, Self Efficacy, Psychopathology, Life Satisfaction, Peer Relationship, Student Adjustment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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