Volume 4 Issue 1-2 (2015)

Ostracism among Gifted Adolescents: A Preliminary Study in Turkey

pp. 18-30  |  Published Online: November 2015  |  DOI: 10.12973/edupij.2015.412.2

Uzeyir Ogurlu


Ostracism has an influence on psychological and social functioning. The aim of this study is to examine ostracism among gifted students, with regard to gender and grade levels. Also, the relationship between ostracism and intelligence level was investigated. The study was conducted in a gifted education center, with 94 gifted students who were attending middle school (grades 5-8). The Ostracism Experience Scale for Adolescents and Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Revised Form were employed as data collection tools. According to the findings obtained from the study, it is concluded that ostracism did not differ in terms of gender among gifted students. Besides, being socially excluded may be higher in 8th grades than 6th and 7th grades. Also in the study, a positive correlation was found between intelligence level and ostracism. Discussion and suggestions were also provided based on the results.

Keywords: gifted students, ostracism, exclusion, adolescents


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