The literature on gifted adolescents is concentrated on their characteristics, their social coping strategies, gender differences, and the relationships among factors that predict their achievement. Much of what we know about them is embedded in the literature on gender differences and achievement conflicts in the general population.


As a group, gifted adolescents differ from their non-gifted peers in self-efficacy, attitudes, aspirations, and achievement. The self-perceptions of young adolescents tend to be accurate. Gifted adolescents as a group appear to have stronger academic self-concepts and higher self-efficacy than their non-gifted peers. Like younger gifted children, gifted teens tend to be advanced in their development, often presenting as more similar to youth 2 to 4 years older than to their age-mates. However, gifted teens with learning disabilities or ...

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