University of Science and Technology, Heifei, Anhui,
University of Science and Technology, Heifei, Anhui, China
The study explores the link between general social
environment and self-concept, and giftedness and self-concept.
A total of 135 high school and 64 university students with an
average age of 16 years from China took part in the research,
consisting of four groups: gifted and non-gifted adolescents
of Year 1993, and gifted and non-gifted adolescents of Year
2003. Comparison between the groups has been made. Findings
indicate that social environment has a significant impact on
the non-gifted adolescents while its influence on the gifted
is comparatively slight. The Year 1993 sample shows that the
gifted adolescents have a more positive academic self-concept
than the non-gifted group while Year 2003 sample reflects
inconsistency with the former result.
Self-concept, adolescence, social