Exploring Gifted Adults Worldwide: Insights, Experiences …

Wallace Research Symposium on Talent Development

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Exploring Gifted Adults Worldwide: Insights, Experiences, and ImplicationsKaren Bendelman

Monday, May 20, 2024, 10:15 – 11:15 am, Lawrence D. McHugh Hall, Room MCHU 206

The Phoenix International Research Group was created by researchers from 24 countries in Europe, the Americas, and Asia who came together unified by the curiosity to learn more about gifted adults worldwide.

This study, both qualitative and quantitative in nature, explores the socioemotional dimensions of gifted adults. This includes those who self-identify, those identified by others, and those in the late stages of identification.

We seek to understand:

  • The implications of being identified as gifted during adulthood.
  • Whether there are shared experiences among gifted adults from various countries.
  • The “diagnoses” these individuals received before their identification.
  • The potential discrepancies between those identified in childhood versus adulthood.
  • Gender-related similarities and differences.
  • Variations linked to socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • The emotions elicited post-identification.
  • The influence of a giftedness status on an adult’s self-perception.

In this session, attendees will gain insights based on responses to questions from individuals across three North American nations: the USA, Canada, and Mexico.