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Developmental: Adult

A follow-up of subjects scoring above 180 IQ in Terman's genetic studies of genius

This article by David Feldman presents the results of the author's follow-up study of those above 180 IQ in Terman's "Genetic Studies of Genius." The author reviewed the Terman files of all the subjects who scored at this level. He provides a short summary of educational and occupational attainments, then presents a qualitative analysis of the data. ...

All rivers lead to the sea: A follow-up study of gifted young adults

This article is a follow-up study of gifted students in the Early Entrance Program (EEP) at the University of Washington, National Merit Scholarship Finalists and students who qualified for EEP, but didn't participate and how they viewed their academic decisions later in life. The study finds that most of the students in all three groups were satisfied with their decision to accelerate or not. Authored by Kathleen Noble, Nancy Robinson, and Susan Gunderson. ...

Can you hear the flowers sing? Issues for gifted adults

This article by Deirdre Lovecky explains that there has been comparatively little focus in the literature on the attributes and social and emotional needs of gifted adults. Using observational data, the author attempts to delineate some of the positive and negative social effects of traits displayed by gifted adults. Five traits (divergency, excitability, sensitivity, perceptivity, and entelechy) seem to produce potential interpersonal and intrapersonal conflict. Unless gifted adults learn to value themselves and find support, identity conflict ...

Gifted Adults in Work

This article deals with gifted adults and the troubles they face. ...

Lorin Hollander: The prodigy as a pioneer of human development

This article by Janine Lehane describes some of the musical accomplishments of Lorin Hollander, as well as other work and charity he is involved with. The piano prodigy's childhood is explored briefly to give the reader an idea of what it was like to be Lorin Hollander as a child. The article seems to be based on extensive interviews with Hollander and includes some of his personal thoughts and philosophy on music. ...

Developmental: Early Childhood

Achievement of precocious readers in middle childhood and young adulthood

This book chapter excerpted from Talent Development III. Authors Nancy Jackson and Julie Kearney look at the case histories of two precocious readers. The chapter reports on achievement scores for 64 others and relates them to a model of development that indicates that a) precocious reading predicts positive performance in later years, b) continuity may be heterotypic, and c) similar achievements may come from highly intelligent children who are not precocious readers. ...

Social/Emotional: Underachievement

Underachievement in Exceptionally Gifted Adolescents and Young Adults: A Psychiatrist's View

Jerald Grobman writes this report on a group of exceptionally gifted adolescents between the ages of 14 and 25 who were each treated in individual psychotherapy over the course of a number of years. They were referred for symptoms of anxiety, depression, self-destructive behavior, and underachievement. Each phase of their gifted development was accompanied by particular anxieties and conflicts. In adolescence they developed a powerful personal vision, a sense of destiny, and a charismatic personality. Their inability to resolve conflicts about ...

Talent Development: Case Studies

What educators can learn from gifted adults

This article by Felice Kaufman is about a study that was done on adults who were Presidential Scholars as high school students. It gives many statistics on what the adults did after graduating from high school. It explores colleges attended, degrees attained and career choices as well as some social issues. ...

Talent Development: Mentoring

Career Planning for Gifted and Talented Youth

This article by Barbara Kerr offers guidelines in planning career paths for gifted and talented youth. Possible intervention strategies are presented for elementary, junior high, senior high, and college/young adult ages. The article is divided into three sections -- multiple possibilities, focused interests, and planning with special populations -- for career planning strategies. ...