An exploration of the self-concept of gifted students in the United Arab Emirates

Maxwell Peprah Opoku, Negmeldin Alsheikh, Ashraf Moustafa, Noora Anwahi, Mariam Aljaberi, Haseena Shah, Amna Aldarmaki, Hala Elhoweris

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Self-concept is a person’s evaluation of their personality when performing a given task. It can provide crucial insight into gifted students’ self-assessments of their social and academic well-being. Research on gifted students’ self-concept in non-Western contexts is limited; in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), no attempt has been made thus far in this regard. We applied social comparison theory to assess the self-concept of 150 gifted students who completed the revised Self-Perception Profile for Children scale. Structural equation modeling was used for the confirmatory factor, path, and moderation analyses. We noted a wide variation in the correlation between the tenets of self-concept. Our study provides theoretical support for the widely used Self-Perception Profile for Children scale in an Emirati context. Our findings highlight the importance of targeting multiple areas when developing programs for gifted children in the UAE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12696-12708
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Psychology
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024


  • Achievement
  • Gifted students
  • Self-concept
  • Teaching and learning
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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