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An exploration of gifted and highly able adolescents' experiences with stress and coping /

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dc.contributor.author Barber-Marsh, Kerry A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-29T14:37:01Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-29T14:37:01Z
dc.date.issued 2007-06-29T14:37:01Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/1664
dc.description.abstract This narrative case study explored gifted and highly able adolescents' experiences with stress and coping. Nine students, ages 13-18, at 2 independent schools in southern Ontario, participated. They completed the Adolescent Coping Scale (Frydenberg & Lewis, 1993), and I generated individualized graphs of coping strategies. Participants talked about experiences they perceived as stressful in their academic, personal, social, and familial settings during a 60-90 minute one-on-one audiotaped interview. During the interview, each participant made observations about their own coping strategies profile. The interview was analyzed to identify stressor and coping themes. Participants completed a writing or art task to record perceptions of stress and coping. The 3 data sources were used to craft 9 individual story portraits, from which 5 main stressor themes emerged: issues of time; relationships, emotions, and communication; ethical, moral, and spiritual issues; global issues; and silences, or stressors not talked about in depth. Coping themes were: seeking relaxing activities; having positive attitudes and making wise choices; maintaining relationships with peers and family; understanding the role of faith and moral beliefs; having a supportive environment; knowing your own personality type; being aware of negative coping strategies; and keeping busy and avoiding stressfiil issues. The narratives are important because they present teenagers talking about their socioemotional worlds. The present findings provide empirical groundwork for curriculum development in affective education and highlight the importance of socioemotional development for future research in the area of giftedness and adolescence. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Gifted teenagers en_US
dc.subject Stress in adolescence en_US
dc.subject Adjustment (Psychology) in adolescence en_US
dc.subject Gifted children en_US
dc.subject Narrative inquiry (Research method) en_US
dc.title An exploration of gifted and highly able adolescents' experiences with stress and coping / en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Education en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Education en_US


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