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ERIC Number: EJ797412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-0016-9862
Childhood Giftedness and Adulthood Genius: A Historiometric Analysis of 291 Eminent African Americans
Simonton, Dean Keith
Gifted Child Quarterly, v52 n3 p243-255 2008
Although the association between giftedness and genius has been the subject of several retrospective, longitudinal, and historiometric studies, this research concentrated on majority-culture samples. In the current study, Cox's (1926) findings regarding 301 geniuses were replicated on a sample of 291 eminent African Americans. Relative genius was measured by two archival eminence measures (majority White and minority Black culture) and by scores on the Creative Achievement Scale (Ludwig, 1992). Giftedness was assessed by raters blind to the identity of the individuals being evaluated. Control variables were defined for gender, year of birth, status as a living contemporary, and 18 domains of achievement. Multiple regression analyses indicated that adulthood eminence and creative achievement are positively correlated with early giftedness, with an effect size comparable to that found in the Cox study. Furthermore, this association was not moderated by gender, birth year, or most of the remaining variables. (Contains 1 table and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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