Gifted high school students: risk factors and development resources



The paper presents the results of a complex design study of risk factors and development resources in gifted high school students. The study took place during 1999-2011. The subjects were two groups of students (n = 38 and n = 25), studying in mathematics classes of Kostroma high schools who demonstrated high achievement and were regularly involved in intellectual competitions. We report good social and psychological adaptation of gifted students. The importance of communication with peers based on equality for the development of gifted adolescents is shown. In a study of coping behavior, characterized by flexibility, diversity, adequacy to the situation and personality, we discuss the availability of specific resources of gifted high school students. As resources we consider high intelligence, creativity, achievements and personal characteristics: dominance, independence, emotional stability, confidence and sense of self-efficacy.

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Keywords: coping behavior, risk factors, development resources, gifted high school students

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Khazova S.A. Gifted high school students: risk factors and development resources. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2012. Vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 26–33. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Svetlana A. Khazova, Doctor of Psychology, associate professor, Professor of the Department of special pedagogy and psychology, Kostroma State University, Kostroma, Russia, e-mail:



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