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Risk and resilience in gifted young people from low socio-economic backgrounds

Abstract
Gifted and talented young people from low socio-economic backgrounds are consistently under-represented in gifted programmes in New Zealand schools. This chapter reports on a qualitative study that explored the lived experiences of 101 gifted New Zealand young people from low socio-economic back-grounds. An overarching question for this study was ‘What is it about gifted young people from low socio-economic backgrounds who have achieved to exceptional levels, that has enabled them to do so?’ The risk and resilience construct was used as a lens through which to explore their experiences across a range of contexts. These young people reflected on their perceptions of their giftedness and socio-economic circumstances, their childhoods and school ex-periences, and their home lives. The stories of the participants in this study in-dicated that there are particular risks associated with both giftedness and low socio-economic status, and contribute to ideas about how these young people might be more effectively supported to develop their potential.
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Ballam, N. D. (2017). Risk and resilience in gifted young people from low socio-economic backgrounds. In N. D. Ballam & R. Moltzen (Eds.), Giftedness and Talent Australasian Perspectives (pp. 7–31). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6701-3_2
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2017
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Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd
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© 2017 Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.This is the author's accepted version. The final publication is available at Springer via dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6701-3_2