Curing the Disease of Precocity

  title={Curing the Disease of Precocity},
  author={Joseph F. Kett},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={S183 - S211}
  • J. Kett
  • Published 1 January 1978
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
For over half a century academic psychologists have linked the concept of precocity to that of the intelligence quotient; to study precocious children has been to study "gifted" children, those marked by IQs of 140 or over.1 As a rule of thumb, the more recent the publication, the less will it reflect alarm or even curiosity about the dangers that face precocious children. In contrast, prior to 1930 most experts believed that precocious children were born losers. Lewis Terman's demonstration… Expand
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