Parenting gifted and talented children: What are the key child behaviour and parenting issues?

Morawska, Alina and Sanders, Matthew R. (2008) Parenting gifted and talented children: What are the key child behaviour and parenting issues?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42 9: 819-827. doi:10.1080/00048670802277271

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Author Morawska, Alina
Sanders, Matthew R.
Title Parenting gifted and talented children: What are the key child behaviour and parenting issues?
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8674
Publication date 2008-09
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00048670802277271
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 42
Issue 9
Start page 819
End page 827
Total pages 9
Editor P. Joyce
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
920209 Mental Health Services
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Formatted abstract
Objective: The literature on gifted and talented children is limited. Little is known about the types and nature of difficulties experienced by gifted and talented children, and even less known about parenting issues related to parenting a gifted and talented child. The aim of the present study was to describe children's behavioural and emotional adjustment, and the factors that contribute to children's difficulties, as well as to examine the styles of discipline used by parents of gifted and talented children and their level of confidence in managing specific parenting tasks.

Method: A survey of parents of gifted and talented children was conducted, with 211 parents meeting criteria for the study.

Results: For a community sample, in general gifted and talented children exhibit no more behavioural difficulties than do other children. But children in this sample seemed to show higher levels of emotional symptoms and peer problems. Children's behavioural and emotional difficulties were best predicted by parenting factors, particularly parental confidence. Parents reported that they were less likely to be permissive with their child, but they tended to use a more authoritarian style of parenting characterized by lecturing and a strong reaction to any problems.

: There are a number of implications for future research, clinical practice, and the development of parenting interventions for this group of parents.
Keyword Child behaviour
Child emotional adjustment
Gifted children
Theoretical Development of Triple P
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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