Personality Differences Between Profoundly Gifted Students and Nonprofoundly Gifted Students

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. discuss the implications of this research for schools.
  2. identify the domains of the Five Factor Model of personality and the characteristics of profoundly/exceptionally gifted children.
  3. understand past research findings related to gifted students and the Five Factor Model of personality.
  4. discuss the differences between profoundly/exceptionally gifted students and nonprofoundly/exceptionally gifted students with regard to personality domains and subdomains.


The Five-Factor Model of personality is an empirically valid way to examine characteristic traits of individuals. It includes the broad domains: neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness, and conscientiousness, as well as several subdomains. This research examined differences in scores on personality between children who were categorized as profoundly/exceptionally gifted (above 99.9th percentile on cognitive measures) and children who were categorized as nonprofoundly/exceptionally gifted. The session will examine implications of the results for school personnel.



Candace H. Boan-Lenzo, PhD, Western Carolina University
Natalie Ball, Gwinnett County Schools
Mickey Randolph, PhD, Westerna Carolina University
Ethan J. Schilling, Western Carolina University


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