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Gifted Adolescents: Addressing the 'Who Am I?' Question

Australasian Journal of Gifted Education
Volume 20 Issue 1 (Jun 2011)

Abstract: Despite the complication giftedness can add to the task of developing a personal sense of self during early adolescence, little qualitative study is done with this group. This paper reports on a study that invited gifted young adolescents to author about their perceptions of themselves and their lives. The study used digital writing in the form of journal entries delivered by email to generate personal narratives from 12 participants over a six-month period. With the researcher acting as an empathic listener/ responder participants were supported in the expression of their thoughts and observations as authors about themselves and their lives. Findings suggest that the opportunity to self-reflect and to self-express in the form of digital writing can offer a positive pathway to growth in self-understanding among gifted young adolescents. Furthermore, the involvement of an adult as an interested and responsive listener in an email relationship appears to facilitate a synergy for healthy self-disclosure.

To cite this article: Dillon, Lisette. Gifted Adolescents: Addressing the 'Who Am I?' Question [online]. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, Vol. 20, No. 1, Jun 2011: 28-37. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=064036817638320;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1323-9686. [cited 26 Apr 17].

Personal Author: Dillon, Lisette; Source: Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, Vol. 20, No. 1, Jun 2011: 28-37 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1323-9686 Subject: Personal narratives; Gifted children--Psychology; Self-perception; Gifted children; Gifted children--Social conditions; Peer Reviewed: Yes

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection