Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 455–467 | Cite as

Gender, creativity, depression, and attributional style in adolescents with high academic ability

  • Karen DeMoss
  • Richard Milich
  • Stephen DeMers


The present study examined the relationship among gender, creativity, depression, and attributional style among high-achieving adolescents. One hundred twenty-eight eighth-and ninth-grade high-achieving students completed the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT), the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI), and the Children's Attribution Style Questionnaire — Revised (KASTAN-R CASQ). The results indicate that there were gender differences only on the verbal component of the TTCT, with females scoring significantly higher. For both sexes, there was a significant relationship between figurai creativity and a depressogenic attributional style. However, for females, high verbal creativity was associated with low levels of depression and a positive attributional style.


Gender Difference Significant Relationship Creative Thinking Attributional Style Academic Ability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen DeMoss
    • 2
  • Richard Milich
    • 1
  • Stephen DeMers
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KentuckyLexington
  2. 2.Fayette County Board of EducationLexington

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