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Family therapy with intellectually and creatively gifted children.

Abstract

Few family therapists have expertise in the psychology of giftedness, and little research has been conducted to determine the effectiveness of family therapy with talented children and their families. The purposes of this paper are: (1) to provide family therapists with information on the unique psychosocial stressors associated with giftedness and (2) to stimulate further research and development on the efficacy of family therapy in alleviating distress and actualizing potential in gifted and talented children and their families. The paper provides a critical overview of the existing research literature on gifted children and their families. First, current conceptualizations of giftedness are described. Then the research literature on the characteristics of intellectually and creatively gifted children and their families is reviewed with an emphasis on the endogenous (individual) and exogenous (systemic) factors that can create or exacerbate psychosocial problems. Finally, we suggest an eclectic, eco-systemic approach to three common concerns that bring gifted children and their families to therapy.

Authors+Show Affiliations

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Department of Educational Studies, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1446, USA. sidney@purdue.edu

Source

MeSH

Affect
Child
Child, Gifted
Child, Preschool
Cognition
Creativity
Family Relations
Family Therapy
Humans
Parent-Child Relations
Parents
Social Adjustment
Underachievement

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

9474524

Citation

TY - JOUR T1 - Family therapy with intellectually and creatively gifted children. AU - Moon,S M, AU - Hall,A S, PY - 1998/2/25/pubmed PY - 1998/2/25/medline PY - 1998/2/25/entrez SP - 59 EP - 80 JF - Journal of marital and family therapy JO - J Marital Fam Ther VL - 24 IS - 1 N2 - Few family therapists have expertise in the psychology of giftedness, and little research has been conducted to determine the effectiveness of family therapy with talented children and their families. The purposes of this paper are: (1) to provide family therapists with information on the unique psychosocial stressors associated with giftedness and (2) to stimulate further research and development on the efficacy of family therapy in alleviating distress and actualizing potential in gifted and talented children and their families. The paper provides a critical overview of the existing research literature on gifted children and their families. First, current conceptualizations of giftedness are described. Then the research literature on the characteristics of intellectually and creatively gifted children and their families is reviewed with an emphasis on the endogenous (individual) and exogenous (systemic) factors that can create or exacerbate psychosocial problems. Finally, we suggest an eclectic, eco-systemic approach to three common concerns that bring gifted children and their families to therapy. SN - 0194-472X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/9474524/Family_therapy_with_intellectually_and_creatively_gifted_children_ ER -