Encouraging talented girls in math and science: Effects of a guidance intervention

Barbara Kerr, Sharon Kurpius

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Although gifted girls are closing the gap in math and science achievements they continue to lose interest and drop out of math/science careers. An intervention was developed for talented at-risk young women that emphasized enhancing career identity and exploration, building science self-efficacy and self-esteem and reducing risky behaviors. Self-esteem, school self-efficacy, and future self-efficacy increased from pre-test to the 3- to 4-month follow-up. Girls significantly increased their seeking information about career and were likely to stay with nontraditional choices. The risk factor suicidality also decreased over this period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-102
Number of pages18
JournalHigh Ability Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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