A study of self-concept and career interest in intellectually gifted adolescents

Cathryn Houston Pentecost

Abstract

Self-concept is indicated in literature as closely affecting the career development of gifted children. This study attempted to discover if gifted adolescents who show an interest in a particular career area possess as a group a lower or higher self-concept than another group that shows particular interest in a different career area. One hundred seventy-seven intellectually gifted adolescents ranging between grade levels six to eight were the subjects of the study. The possibility of gender differences in career interest and self-concept was examined using the Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scale for Children , and the Career Decision Making-System-Revised (level 1 ). Though no difference was found in self-concepts between genders or between career interest areas, gender differences were found in vocational identity and preference.