Psychosocial Experiences and Adjustment Among Adult Swedes With Superior General Mental Ability
2011 (English)In: Journal for the Education of the Gifted, ISSN 0162-3532, Vol. 34, no 6, 900-918 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2011. Vol. 34, no 6, 900-918 p.
giftedness, intelligence, general mental ability, sense of coherence, self-theory of intelligence, exploratory factor analysis, Mensa Society
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-70343DOI: 10.1177/0162353211424988OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-70343DiVA: diva2:480596