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2.1.7 Stressful events experienced by academically high-achieving females before the onset of disordered eating

Research about gifted students has shown that they experience some different sources of stress than non-gifted students. This qualitative study investigated the types of stressful events experienced by 14 academically high-achieving females before the onset of disordered eating. The results revealed that every participant reported problems related to academic issues, yet academic stress is rarely mentioned in the literature about stress and disordered eating. Some participants also described social problems related to being perceived as different. These findings have implications for both prevention and treatment of eating disorders among academically high-achieving females.


Jennifer Krafchek
Monash University

Jennifer Krafchek is a PhD candidate at Monash University, Australia. Her research is in Gifted Education under the supervision of Dr Leonie Kronborg. Jennifer has a Masters of Education (gifted education) and worked as a high school teacher of Psychology and as a coordinator of middle-school gifted programs.

Leonie Kronborg
Monash University

Dr. Leonie Kronborg, Senior Lecturer and Co-ordinator of Postgraduate Studies in Gifted Education at the Faculty of Education, Monash University teaches gifted education at pre-service and post graduate level, and supervises PhD students with research interests in gifted education and talent development. She is past president of the Australian Association for the Education of Gifted Children and elected Executive Member of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, 2013-2017. She gained the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013; is Co-Editor of the Gifted and Talented International journal and on the Editorial Board of Australasian Journal of Gifted Education.


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