Systematic literature review: professional situation of gifted adults

  • A person's intelligence level positively influences his or her professional success. Gifted and highly intelligent individuals should therefore be successful in their careers. However, previous findings on the occupational situation of gifted adults are mainly known from popular scientific sources in the fields of coaching and self-help groups and confirm prevailing stereotypes that gifted people have difficulties at work. Reliable studies are scarce. This systematic literature review examines 40 studies with a total of 22 job-related variables. Results are shown in general for (a) the employment situation and more specific for the occupational aspects (b) career, (c) personality and behavior, (d) satisfaction, (e) organization, and (f) influence of giftedness on the profession. Moreover, possible differences between female and male gifted individuals and gifted and non-gifted individuals are analyzed. Based on these findings, implications for practice as well as further research are discussed.

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Author:Maren SchleglerORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Frontiers in psychology
Publisher:Frontiers Research Foundation
Place of publication:Lausanne
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2022/05/18
Date of first Publication:2022/05/18
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2023/05/22
Tag:gifted adults; giftedness; literature review; professional situation; stereotypes
Issue:art. 736487
Article Number:736487
Page Number:23
First Page:1
Last Page:23
Open Access Publication Fund was provided by the Goethe University Library.
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International