Social Competencies and Difficulties of Gifted Children Compared to Nongifted Peers

Zipora Shechtman, Anat Silektor

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This study, conducted in Israel, examined the social and emotional difficulties of gifted children, in comparison with nongifted children. The gifted children were further compared in two educational settings: segregated classes and pull-out programs. The 974 participants were from the fifth to twelfth grades. The dependent variables included loneliness, social competence, empathy, and self-concept. The results indicated that gifted children score higher on need fulfillment, empathy, academic self-concept, and lack of emotional anxiety and lower on self-disclosure and physical self-concept. Few differences were found between the two settings for gifted children. The conclusion is that gifted children differ from nongifted children only on some of the social-emotional variables examined, mainly for the better.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-72
Number of pages10
JournalRoeper Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • gifted children
  • social competencies
  • social difficulties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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