Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Department Chair

Robert A. DiTomasso, Ph.D., ABPP

First Advisor

Diane L. Smallwood, Psy.D., Chairperson

Second Advisor

Rosemary Mennuti, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Barbara B. Williams, Ph.D.


Parent perceptions of preadolescent giftedness with regard to the social-emotional development and self-concept of their children were investigated for this study. This study utilized a qualitative approach through information provided by the parents of 21 preadolescent children, with IQ‘s of 110 and above, who participate in a suburban school districts gifted and talented / enrichment program. Interviews were conducted with each parent and included 7 open-ended questions that were intended to elicit personal views regarding their child‘s social-emotional development and self-concept. Information from these interviews, incorporated with the background and demographic questionnaire were examined for potential themes and patterns with the intent to interpret these data and draw conclusions about their meaning, relevant to giftedness. Common themes expressed by the respondents were humor, noticeable sensitivity, a positive evolution of social-emotional development, positive discipline practices, extra-curricular experiences, and progressive social relationships.