Some gifted students are clearly bright but don’t do well in school. What keeps these children from performing in line with their apparent potential?
Gifted underachievement can stem from many sources, but little research has examined the overlap between underachievement and undiagnosed twice-exceptionality. In a 2020 study in Gifted Child Quarterly, “Pay attention to inattention: Exploring ADHD symptoms in a sample of gifted underachieving students,” Betsy McCoach, Del Siegle, and Lisa DaVia Rubenstein sought to better understand the root cause of gifted students’ underachievement by examining whether some of these students exhibited clinically significant symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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