Family key to brightness

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 September, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 September, 1996, 12:00am

Gifted children are most likely to be brought up in harmonious families that impose fewer restrictions on them, a new study has found.

Since 1992, the Centre for Child Development at Baptist University has studied 11 boys and five girls whose IQ scores were over 130.

In its newly compiled interim report, it says most of the children, aged between 12 and 15, were the family's first child and that their parents had achieved the secondary education level.

Self-confidence, social skills and academic results were generally higher than those of other students of the same age questioned in a similar survey last year. Compared to the average, the children had a more cohesive family unit and were more expressive at home, said the centre's executive officer Anna Hui Na-na.

Their parents tended to have higher expectations of their achievements and exercised less discipline.