A Study of Self-Concept and Career Interest In Intellectually Gifted Adolescents

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Leadership and School Counseling

First Advisor

Frances A. Karnes

Advisor Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling


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.