The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Girls Term Paper by Nicky

An overview of problems that can arise in gifted girls.
# 145787 | 940 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper discusses the problems that gifted children can encounter focusing mainly on girls. It includes findings from research that shows how girls can suffer from self-esteem issues once they are labelled as gifted and how they are often subject to additional social pressures, leaving them more vulnerable to emotional problems.

Gifted students: Girls at risk

From the Paper:

''All gifted children face unique social and psychological challenges. ``I'm different you know; you show intelligence and you're outspoken and people tend to isolate you and put a label on you,'' observed one gifted female student in Tracy L. Cross's article ``Psychological and social aspects of educating gifted students'' (Cross 1997, p.180). However, in addition to the need for additional intellectual stimulation, gifted girls, despite all social changes that have gripped society, still often face added discrimination because of the assumption that intellectual gifts and femininity cannot be reconciled. Middle school girls often feel pressured to embody an overly perfect physical ideal and to please adults in terms of the expectations placed upon them in their schooling. Gifted adolescents who have not received enough support during their elementary school years from kindergarten to fifth grade are often particularly vulnerable to eating disorders and other anxiety-related, culturally-influenced psychological complaints. These negative forms of acting out are ways to ``instrumentally achieve self-determination when confronted with ambivalent cultural demands'' but result in unhappiness, depression, and frustration (Evans, Rich, & Holroyd 2004, p.125).''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cross, Tracy L. (1997). Psychological and social aspects of educating gifted students. Peabody Journal of Education. 72. 3/4: 180-200.
  • Evans, John, Emma Rich, & Rachel Holroyd. (2004, April). Disordered eating and disordered schooling: What schools do to middle class girls British Journal of Sociology of Education. 25. 2: 123-142.
  • Gardener, Susan. (2003, March). The unrecognized exceptionality: Teaching gifted adolescents with depression. The English Journal. 92. 4: 29- 32.
  • Johnson, Janice, Nancie Im-Bolter, & Juan Pascual-Leone. (2003, November - December). Development of mental attention in gifted and mainstream children: The role of mental capacity, inhibition, and speed of processing. Child Development. 74. 6: 1594-1614.
  • Margolin, Leslie (1993, November). Goodness personified: The emergence of gifted children Source. Social Problems. 40. 4: 510-532.

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