Raging hormones in the gifted - social and emotional development in gifted and non-gifted adolescents
How do pubertal changes during adolescence influence social and emotional development of gifted (IQ>130) and typically developing children and adolescents? The project focuses on two important processes for mental well-being that are characteristic for the transition from childhood to adolescence, namely fear extinction learning and peer relations.
BrightWave is a longitudinal project in which we will follow 200 pre-adolescents, gifted and typically developing pre-adolescents, during the major transition of going from primary school to high school (Dutch system). For more information about the BrightWave project, see our project website (in Dutch).
During the Covid-19 pandemic we included an additional wave in which we investigated the wellbeing of adolescents and the support they feel from their friends and family. We followed 54 adolescents 9-12 years old during the initial lockdown and school closures. We continued to follow them during the second school closure.