College of Education

Date of Award

Spring 1996

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Special Education

First Advisor

Kay F. Ketzenberger, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Susan Lara, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Jose Ruiz-Escalante, Ed.D.


Examination of gifted and talented programs reveals that there are equal numbers of male and female participants at the elementary school level. However further examination reveals, that males begin to increase in participation and accomplishments within these programs at the junior and senior high level, whereas the participation and accomplishments of gifted females begins to decrease. This change occurs in early adolescence, a time that is critical in the psychological development of gifted females. The purpose of this review of literature examines several psychological barriers that may inhibit the success of gifted females in academic areas and in the workforce. This literature review also examines the characteristics of five eminent women that may help gifted young females achieve success. Suggestions that can help the gifted female become a vital and productive member of society are included.



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