Emotional intelligence

Re-examining some preconceptions

Authored by: Maria Dolores Prieto , Mercedes Ferrando

The Routledge International Companion to Gifted Education

Print publication date:  September  2008
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415461368
eBook ISBN: 9780203609385
Adobe ISBN: 9781136028786


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This chapter focuses on the emotional difficulties encountered by gifted children as they attempt to respond appropriately to the situations and people they encounter on a daily basis. The emotional needs of gifted children have been the topic of much research (Clark 1992; Hollingworth 1942; Janos and Robinson 1985; Silverman 1994), but as yet there are no definitive conclusions that gifted children cope any differently with environmental demands than their less able peers. The overall evidence suggests that individual outcomes depend on the individual and the specific situation.

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