ERIC Number: EJ854234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 0
Stress Management and Gifted Children
Patel, Vidisha A.
Understanding Our Gifted, v21 n4 p11-13 Sum 2009
Stress can affect anyone, and gifted children are no exception. Giftedness can sometimes be the cause of the stress. Perfectionism, sensitivity, and intensity are characteristics of gifted children that may exacerbate stress. Stress can be constructive. Prolonged stress, however, with no time to recover becomes detrimental. Continued stress upsets the efficiency of one's body and performance. General stressors that affect gifted children can be classified into four main categories; academic, social, family, and self. Helping and guiding children to manage their stress is a multidimensional process. Parent, child, and teacher have equally important parts to play. The focal point of the solution is the child, who needs to take charge of her feelings and actions. With support, she can learn how to accept responsibility and manage her emotions. This article offers several suggestions for parents and teachers on how they can help gifted kids with stress management.
Descriptors: Gifted, Anxiety, Stress Management, Family Environment, Parent Child Relationship, Personality Traits
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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