Predicting Educational Attainment, Occupational Achievement, Intellectual Skill, and Personal Adjustment Among Gifted Men and Women

Carol Tomlinson-Keasey, Todd D. Little

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The cognitive potential of many gifted children goes unfulfilled. This study was designed to isolate factors, other than cognitive skill, that might predict adult achievements and personal adjustment among the gifted. Subjects were 1,069 gifted men (n = 595) and women (n = 474) who have been followed for 60 years as part of the Terman Genetic Studies of Genius. Childhood personality traits, parental education, and early home environment variables were examined as predictors of educational and occupational achievement among adults. The final model depicted five longitudinal relationships that predicted educational attainment, intellectual skill, and personal adjustment among both men and women. Two additional paths explained occupational achievement. The implications of this final model are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-455
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Educational Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1990


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