The Role of the Family in Talent Development

  • Paula Olszewski-KubiliusEmail author


The family is the first and often the most important influence on the developing child. Family characteristics and functioning can positively and negatively influence the development of talent and interact with personal characteristics of the child. In addition, family dynamics can differentially support the development of high achievement and high creativity. Optimal families are ones that balance family closeness with support for autonomous pursuit of unique talent development paths. Family dynamics contribute to the development of key characteristics of adult creative producers including the ability to spend significant time in self-imposed, talent developing practice and study; a preference for unconventionality and independent thinking; coping skills for stress, anxiety, and intellectual complexity; and a tendency to express and resolve emotional issues through creative work in a chosen domain.


Family Parenting styles Parenting practices Family dynamics Family values 


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  1. 1.Center for Talent DevelopmentNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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