Gift Guide

On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children, 4th ed., 4E / Edition 4

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $16.18
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 35%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (6) from $16.18   
  • New (4) from $16.18   
  • Used (2) from $20.86   


Raising happy, successful children is a goal of every parent of gifted children. In "On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children," the nation's leading authority on the psychology of gifted children offers advice and encouragement for both parents and teachers. In a thoughtful, conversational style, the author offers an in-depth look at the complex social and emotional issues faced by gifted children. This revised and updated fourth edition of the popular text contains more than 10 new chapters, featuring contributions by scholars on gifted children's development from across the nation. "On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children" tackles important and timely issues dealing with the social and emotional needs of today's gifted children, including who gifted children are and what giftedness means; how parents, teachers, and counselors can guide gifted children; the issues facing gifted students in the 21st century such as technology and terrorism; and how the education of gifted children can adapt for the future. This concise, sensitive look at gifted children and their social and emotional world offers unique insights for both teachers and parents who support these special children.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593634988
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 727,382
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracy L. Cross, Ph.D., holds an endowed chair, the Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education, and is the executive director of the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary. He has published more than 150 articles, book chapters, and columns, as well as four books, and has made more than 200 presentations at conferences.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Foreword XI

Preface XIII

Introduction: A Continuum of Psychological Services xvii

Section 1 About Gifted Children: Who they are and Why 1

Chapter 1 Examining Beliefs about the Gifted 5

Chapter 2 Determining the Needs of Gifted Children 9

Chapter 3 Competing with Myths about the Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Students 13

Chapter 4 Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: Straight Talk 21

Chapter 5 Gifted Children and Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development 27

Chapter 6 A Consideration of Axiomatic Statements 33

Chapter 7 How Gifted Students Cope with Mixed Messages 37

Chapter 8 Examining Claims about Gifted Children and Suicide 41

Chapter 9 On Chance and Being Gifted 47

Special Commentary Being Gifted is Abnormal? Laurence J. Coleman 52

Special Commentary Emotions and Giftedness Sal Mendaglio 58

Special Commentary Negotiating the Vicissitudes of Chance Factors Rena Subotnik 62

Section 2 Guiding Gifted Children 65

Special Commentary How Families can Facilitate Students' Success Paula Olszewski-Kubilius 67

Special Commentary Acceleration Mary Ann Swiatek 71

Chapter 10 Guiding and Supporting the Development of Gifted Children 75

Chapter 11 Practical Advice for Guiding the Gifted 79

Chapter 12 Working on Behalf of Gifted Students 83

Chapter 13 Developing Relationships, Communication, and Identity 89

Chapter 14 Swagger or Humility or Swagger and Humility: A New Goal for Educating Students with Gifts and Talents 95

Chapter 15 Putting the Well-being of all Students (Including Gifted Students) First 101

Chapter 16 Owning the Problem of Undesirable Behavior: Disintermediation and How our Children Are Taught to Drink, Smoke, and Gamble 109

Chapter 17 Self-Mutilation and Gifted Children 115

Chapter 18 On Preventing Suicide Among Gifted Students 121

Chapter 19 Gifted Students and the Adults who Provide for them: Lessons Learned from Terrorism 125

Section 3 Gifted Children Today 131

Chapter 20 Gifted Students' Social and Emotional Development in the 21st Century 133

Chapter 21 Technology and the Unseen World of Gifted Students 139

Chapter 22 Digital Immigrants, Natives, and "Tweeners": A Glimpse into the Future for Our Students with Gifts and Talents 147

Chapter 23 Nerds and Geeks: Society's Evolving Stereotypes of our Students with Gifts and Talents 151

Chapter 24 The Lived Experiences of Gifted Students in School, or On Gifted Students and Columbine 157

Chapter 25 The Rage of Gifted Students 165

Chapter 26 The Many Faces of Bullies 171

Chapter 27 Psychological Autopsy Provides Insight into Gifted Adolescent Suicide 175

Section 4 Where we have been and where we are Going 183

Special Commentary Don't Forget the Little Guys Nancy Robinson 185

Special Commentary Three Questions Maureen Neihart 189

Chapter 28 Contemporary Issues in the Psychosocial Development of Students with Gifts and Talents 193

Chapter 29 The Changing Life Metaphor of Gifted Youth 199

Chapter 30 Changing Times 207

Chapter 31 Top 10 (Plus or Minus Two) List for the 20th Century 213

Chapter 32 Disrupting Social Contracts that affect Gifted Students: An Homage to "Harrison Bergeron" 223

References 227

Resources 231

About the Author 279

About the Contributors 281

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)