Conceptualizations of Giftedness and the Development of Talent: Implications for Counselors

Paula Olszewski-Kubilius*, Rena F. Subotnik, Frank C. Worrell

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The authors present a historical perspective on giftedness, highlighting the impact of key research studies on practice, research, and policy. A comprehensive model is presented emphasizing that giftedness is domain specific and developmental and involves the cultivation of psychosocial as well as cognitive skills. Implications for counselors are discussed, specifically which psychosocial issues and skills should be the focus of counseling at each stage of talent development and what counselors can do to support the development of gifted students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-152
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • conceptual models of giftedness
  • giftedness
  • talent development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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