Secure attachment and high IQ: Are gifted children better adjusted?

Mimi Wellisch, Jac Brown, Alan Taylor, Ros Knight, Lynn Berresford, Lizette Campbell, Anna Cohen

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    Research indicates that securely attached children have advanced language skills and are well adjusted, whereas insecurely attached children often have ongoing problems that include learning disabilities, and psychological and behavioural problems. Interestingly, some researchers have claimed that gifted children are also well adjusted. Others have found that gifted children have socio-emotional problems, for example during the teenage years, and these problems are assigned to the uneven development of gifted children. This study investigated the connection between attachment, IQ, socio-emotional adjustment and learning disabilities in both non-gifted children (with FSIQ>80) and gifted children (children who have at least one subtest score of IQ>120). Eighty 7-10 year old children and their parents were recruited from Australia and New Zealand. Findings indicate that attachment may have an important influence on IQ. The study also found that children of mothers who had maternal depression were more likely to have internalising problems and writing disability.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)23-33
    Number of pages11
    JournalAustralasian Journal of Gifted Education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


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