ERIC Number: EJ946918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Overexcitabilities in Gifted and Non-Gifted Adults: Does Sex Matter?
Wirthwein, Linda; Becker, Carolin V.; Loehr, Eva-Maria; Rost, Detlef H.
High Ability Studies, v22 n2 p145-153 2011
Studies have shown sex differences regarding "overexcitabilities": women score higher than men in emotional and sensual overexcitability whereas men tend to excel in intellectual as well as in psychomotor overexcitability. Some studies even found no sex differences at all. Many studies comprised gifted/talented subjects. Taking into account the few studies that simultaneously examined the factors "giftedness" and "sex" in relation to overexcitability and that yielded conflicting results, our study attempts to clear these heterogeneous findings by investigating a German sample. Our study comprised intellectually gifted (n = 96) and averagely intelligent (n = 91) adults who filled out the "Overexcitability Questionnaire-Two". We found no statistically significant interaction of "giftedness x sex". Women (regardless of their intellectual status) scored statistically significantly higher than gifted and non-gifted men on emotional as well as sensual overexcitability. With regard to the factor "giftedness", gifted individuals displayed a statistically significantly higher intellectual overexcitability. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Gifted, Gender Differences, Emotional Response, Adults, Psychomotor Skills, Intelligence, Talent, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Scores, Statistical Significance, Sensory Experience
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