Factor analysis was performed with GIFT. Scores for each factor or dimension are included as part of the computer scoring service. Dimension scores are reported as stanines. Descriptions of the dimensions are included below:
Many Interests - High scorers are interested in art, writing, learning about life long ago and in other countries and enjoy many hobbies. Low scorers have few interests and hobbies.
Independence - High scorers enjoy aloneness. They prefer challenge and are not afraid to be different than their peers. Low scorers prefer being with others to being alone, give up tasks easily and are not likely to try new activities.
Imagination - High scorers are curious, enjoy questioning, make believe and humor. Low scorers are more literal and realistic and less curious.
GIFT is normed with a population of over 8,000 children stratified according to grade. The population includes rural, urban and suburban children; minority and white representation and children from five geographical areas (northeast, south, central, southwest and western states).
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