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Emotional and Behavioral Characteristics of Gifted Children and Their Families
1 Yıldırım Beyazıt Üniversitesi Yenimahalle Eğitim Araştırma Hastanesi, Çocuk ve Ergen Ruh Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Kliniği, Ankara, Türkiye  
2 Gaziemir Nevvar Salih İşgören Devlet Hastanesi, Acil Servis, İzmir, Türkiye  
3 Adnan Menderes Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Çocuk ve Ergen Ruh Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı, Aydın, Türkiye  
4 Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Çocuk ve Ergen Ruh Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı, İzmir, Türkiye  
Arch Neuropsychiatry ; : -
DOI: 10.5152/NPA.2017.12731
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Key Words: Gifted children, quality of life, family functioning, depression, social- emotional - behavioral problems
Abstract

Introduction: The aim of this study isto compare quality of life, social, emotional, behavioral, psychological problems and family functioning of gifted children and children with normal intelligence level.

Methods49 gifted childrenbetween the ages of 9-18 and 56 children with normal intelligence were included to the study. Kiddie and Young Adult Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia-Present and Lifetime Version, Wechsler
Intelligence Scale for Children—Revised and Children’s Depression Rating Scale was implemented by clinician. Quality of Life Scale for Children, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Children Depression Inventory, the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire self-report form were completed by children; Family Assessment Device, Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire parent form, Quality of Life Scale parental form were completed by parents.

 

Results: Gifted children identified more deficits in attention and hyperactivity than children with normal intelligence; stating a decline in social functioning and perceived worse physical health status than non-gifted children while gifted boys had more depressive symptoms than gifted girls. Boys with normal intelligence were perceived as showing low school functioning by their parents; and it was observed that boys who had participated in the study had lower social functioning and higher peer relationship problems compared to the girls. It was determined that family members of gifted children revealed adequate levels of attention, care and love to each other when compared to the control group.

 

 

Conclusion: Determination of problematic areas might contribute helping to identify the needs of gifted children in a right manner.

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