The role of the family in talent development

Paula Olszewski-Kubilius*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The family is the first and often the most important influence on the developing child. Family characteristics and functioning can positively and negatively influence the development of talent and interact with personal characteristics of the child. In addition, family dynamics can differentially support the development of high achievement and high creativity. Optimal families are ones that balance family closeness with support for autonomous pursuit of unique talent development paths. Family dynamics contribute to the development of key characteristics of adult creative producers including the ability to spend significant time in self-imposed, talent developing practice and study; a preference for unconventionality and independent thinking; coping skills for stress, anxiety, and intellectual complexity; and a tendency to express and resolve emotional issues through creative work in a chosen domain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Giftedness in Children
Subtitle of host publicationPsychoeducational Theory, Research, and Best Practices
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319770048
ISBN (Print)9783319770031
StatePublished - Jun 9 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences


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