Identifier

etd-03032017-144640

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Education

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

The lived experiences of mothers raising gifted and talented (G/T) children can differ from the lived experiences of mothers raising non-G/T children, and these unique experiences may spark concern, impact choices, and exacerbate stress and anxiety. The purpose of this study was to gather data in order to illustrate the distinctly defining experiences and perceptions of mothers currently raising G/T children as well as to consider both the internal and external factors affecting and influencing perspectives and self-efficacy. Utilizing a qualitative, case study research design approach, the researcher conducted interviews with eight volunteer mothers willing to share their thoughts and feelings regarding personal experiences. Several themes and subthemes were presented in the findings: (1) emotional responses stemming from appreciation, discomfort, anxiety and frustration; (2) parent protective factors stemming from concern for child and misunderstanding of child; and (3) misunderstanding of mother and her role.

Date

2016

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Curry, Jennifer

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Education Commons

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