Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Julia Roberts (Director), Mary Evans, Janet Tassell

Degree Program

Educational Leadership

Degree Type

Specialist in Education


This study explores the connection between giftedness and anxiety. Families of gifted adolescents were invited to participate in a survey to identify themes of anxiety within the school and home settings. The Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale, parent report (Spence, 1999) was used as the survey instrument. A total of 18 participants responded. Several themes were revealed based on the responses to questions on the survey. The themes that emerged have been identified as patterns of anxiety, including separation anxiety, physical injury fears, and social anxiety.


Counseling | Counseling Psychology | Education | Gifted Education | Psychology | School Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences