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http://gcq.sagepub.com Gifted Child Quarterly DOI: 10.1177/0016986208321810 2008; 52; 326 Gifted Child Quarterly Tracy L. Cross, Jerrell C. Cassady, Felicia A. Dixon and Cheryll M. Adams The Psychology of Gifted Adolescents as Measured by the MMPI-A http://gcq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/52/4/326 The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com On behalf of: National Association for Gifted Children can be found at: Gifted Child Quarterly Additional services and information for http://gcq.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://gcq.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: http://gcq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/refs/52/4/326 Citations at Ebsco Electronic Journals Service (EJS) on April 21, 2009 http://gcq.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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326 Putting the Research to Work: Educators often subscribe to the notion that gifted adolescents are prone to more neurotic behavior or are more often diagnosed with personality disorders than their age mates. The results of this research indicate that notion is false, particularly for adolescents in a residential academy. Educators should be cognizant of the characteristics and needs of gifted adolescents and use that knowledge in planning services and identification plans for these students. Gifted Child Quarterly Volume 52 Number 4 Fall 2008 326-339 © 2008 National Association for Gifted Children 10.1177/0016986208321810 http://gcq.sagepub.com hosted at http://online.sagepub.com The Psychology of Gifted Adolescents as Measured by the MMPI-A Tracy L. Cross Jerrell C. Cassady Felicia A. Dixon Cheryll M. Adams Ball State University Abstract: The focus of this study is an examination of gifted students’ responses on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory–Adolescent (MMPI-A) in relation to the adolescent norming sample. The comparisons on clin- ical, content, and Harris–Lingoes scales provide evidence that gifted adolescent boys’ and girls’ responses do not dif- fer from one another significantly. Furthermore, the data reveal that the assumption held by many that gifted adolescents are more prone to experience heightened rates of neuroticism or personality difficulties is unsupported by the empirical data. Analyses of MMPI-A scores reveal that gifted students’ scores are equivalent to or lower than the general population in all areas. The results are discussed as continued empirical evidence that gifted adolescents do not demonstrate abnormal levels of psychological or personality deviance because of their elevated cognitive abilities. T he Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory– Adolescent (MMPI-A) was developed to provide a focused and developmentally relevant self-report personality inventory to address several clinical and pragmatic problems presented with administering the MMPI to adolescents (Butcher & Williams, 1992).
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