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Psychosocial Experiences and Adjustment Among Adult Swedes With Superior General Mental Ability
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2011 (English)In: Journal for the Education of the Gifted, ISSN 0162-3532, E-ISSN 2162-9501, Vol. 34, no 6, 900-918 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, special needs of high-ability individuals have received little attention. For this purpose, adult Swedes with superior general mental ability (GMA; N = 302), defined by an IQ score > 130 on tests of abstract reasoning, answered a questionnaire regarding their views of themselves and their giftedness. The participants also rated their self-theory of intelligence and completed the Sense of Coherence Scale (SOC-13). At large, the participants experienced being different but felt little need to downplay their giftedness to gain social acceptance. Most participants encompassed an entity self-theory of intelligence, while also recognizing that it takes effort to develop one’s ability. The group scored lower (p < .001) than Swedes in general on the SOC, which may be a reflection of social difficulties associated with being gifted in an egalitarian society. However, it may also indicate that the SOC carries a different meaning for those with superior GMA.

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Sage Publications, 2011. Vol. 34, no 6, 900-918 p.
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giftedness, intelligence, general mental ability, sense of coherence, self-theory of intelligence, exploratory factor analysis, Mensa Society
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-70343DOI: 10.1177/0162353211424988OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-70343DiVA: diva2:480596
Available from: 2012-01-19 Created: 2012-01-19 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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