Investigating Self-Confidence among Gifted Youth
Annie Huang
University Transition Program
Floor Location : J 142 F

When an individual is deemed ‘gifted’, usually during childhood, they are then sent on a fast track towards academic ‘success’. However, in that process, these said individuals may lack the social-emotional attention they need; this usually results in lower self-confidence. This project is a continuation of a study that was done previously for the 2019 Vancouver District Science Fair, and one that aims to mitigate the previous sources of error and improvement. In that study, several hypotheses were tested with a comprehensive survey given to gifted youth ages 10-16 in multiple gifted programs around the Lower Mainland, including MACC (Multi-Age Cluster Class) and UTP (University Transition Program). This survey first got a snapshot of each participants’ personality and self-confidence levels, then hypothetically ‘tested’ methods of boosting self-confidence. The results were inconclusive - based on the data that was collected, a quantitative ‘score’ for self-confidence could not be calculated and therefore, results could not be completely interpreted. However, it was found that respondents who were younger and in a more relaxed program (MACC) were relatively more confident than respondents in a more stressful program. In this continuation of the study, the same survey will be given to a sample group of 'average' youth ages 10-16 for comparison of the gifted respondents. Also, more complex calculations will be used when data gets analyzed to make it easier to identify a self-confidence level.