Academic Achievement: The Interaction between Personality and Mental Health

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A. Michael Zimmermann (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Shilpa Pai

Abstract: Intelligence is valued in many societies, as intelligent people are expected to be successful, financially stable, and secure stable positions. Whereas this may bee the end result, the process may be difficulty for many gifted and talented (GT) students. In fact, gifted/talented students rate higher levels of depression than non-gifted students (Jackson, 1988; Person, 2001; Jackson & Peterson, 2003). Yet, research has been equivocal in these findings. In addition, gifted students tend to score higher on self esteem as compared to non-gifted students which is contrary to depression (Jackson, 1998). Influencing these variables are personality characteristics, such as motivation, neuroticism, and conscientiousness. The purpose of this study was to investigate depressive symptomology in students labeled as gifted and compare those scores to students not labeled as gifted. Personality characteristics associated with highly achieving or gifted students were also investigated. Participants were 115 college students from Southeastern university. They completed personality, depression, and achievement tendency scales. Results indicated that both GTs and the sample as a whole had low depression scores. GTs were found to have higher achieving tendencies than non-GTs. Conscientiousness and Openness to Experience were considered to be indicative of giftedness.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2006
Gifted and Talented Students, Depression, Personality Characteristics, Depressive Symptomology, Achievement Tendency Scales,

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