Social and Emotional Development of Gifted and Talented Individuals in a Rapidly Changing World

A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X). This special issue belongs to the section "Developmental Psychology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2025 | Viewed by 85

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Department of Educational Studies, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Interests: gifted education and psychology; talent development; talent identification; positive psychology; multi-exceptional students; twice-exceptional students; psychosocial development; social and emotional education; mental health; wellbeing; personality

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Center for Gifted Studies, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA 31698, USA
Interests: gifted education; talent development; academic underachievement; psychosocial development; social-emotional learning; motivational factors; talent identification

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Behavioral Sciences, entitled "Social and Emotional Development of Gifted and Talented Individuals in a Rapidly Changing World", aims to showcase the latest research and theories on the affective development of high-ability individuals. The social and emotional development of gifted and talented individuals has been a central theme among researchers and practitioners for as long as there has been concern for the high-ability population. While works in this regard have abounded for a century, beginning with such early scholars as Hollingworth, Terman, and Witty, begetting efforts throughout these years to produce compendia updating the state of knowledge and practice, numerous questions remain. For instance, have innovations in technology adjusted how gifted and talented persons develop psychosocially? With what once were cultures unlikely to comingle today coming together with frequency, are there sociocultural norms that shape the social and emotional nature of people with pronounced abilities? Are there new understandings about this population’s capacity to handle challenges in life? Do novel treatments exist that elevate positive versus negative psychological adjustment within this group?

In light of rapid global changes driven by technological innovation and increased cultural interaction, there is a growing need to re-examine and update our understanding of this topic. We invite submissions that provide current insights into the social and emotional needs of gifted and talented individuals, explore how various environments (schools, homes, and workplaces) can optimize their talents, present inventions that offer solutions to persistent psychosocial problems, and identify questions that still require further investigation.

Potential topics for submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • The impact of technology on the social and emotional development of gifted and talented individuals;
  • The sociocultural factors influencing the affective development of high-ability persons;
  • Innovative strategies for supporting the social and emotional well-being of gifted and talented individuals;
  • Emerging trends and challenges in understanding the psychosocial needs of this population.

By showcasing the latest research and theories, this Special Issue aims to contribute to the ongoing discourse on the social and emotional development of gifted and talented individuals in the rapidly changing global context.

Prof. Dr. F. Richard Olenchak
Dr. Ophelie Desmet
Guest Editors

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  • gifted and talented
  • social and emotional development
  • affective development
  • psychosocial needs
  • talent development
  • high ability
  • mental health
  • wellbeing
  • personality

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