I FINALLY FOUND IT! I once read a study as a teenager that had a few stories that made me cry on gifted students they tracked for decades. It was an ancient study when I read it in the 1980s and it’s older now. Gifted Group at Mid-Life, 1959, by Lewis M. Terman. Been wondering about this since the 1980s. Now I can look at it again with new eyes. One story in particular that got me in choked up involved a gifted college student with a full scholarship who had to go back to the family farm in the midwest and by middle age was on the verge of suicide, still full of all the ideas he had as a gifted student but with his family lacking the necessary connections to give him a ‘boost’ in any direction but one, he could do nothing with it. https://www.amazon.com/Gifted-Group-at-Mid-Life/dp/B000GKV3ZU

I FINALLY FOUND IT!
I once read a study as a teenager that had a few stories that made me cry on gifted students they tracked for decades.
 
It was an ancient study when I read it in the 1980s and it’s older now. Gifted Group at Mid-Life, 1959, by Lewis M. Terman.
 
Been wondering about this since the 1980s. Now I can look at it again with new eyes.
 
One story in particular that got me in choked up involved a gifted college student with a full scholarship who had to go back to the family farm in the midwest and by middle age was on the verge of suicide, still full of all the ideas he had as a gifted student but with his family lacking the necessary connections to give him a ‘boost’ in any direction but one, he could do nothing with it.
 
https://www.amazon.com/Gifted-Group-at-Mid-Life/dp/B000GKV3ZU
The Gifted Group at Mid-Life; Thirty-Five Years’ Follow-Up of the Superior Child. Genetic Studies of Genius, Volume V.
Terman, Lewis M., Ed.
The 35 years’ followup of the Terman investigation on the gifted child is presented. In order to describe the gifted group of mid-life, a general information blank was mailed in 1950 (1,437 subjects) and in 1955 (1,424 subjects). The field study, completed in 1952, included personal interviews, the Concept Mastery Test, supplementary questionnaires of subject and spouse, and testing of offspring. Results for 97.5% of the subjects include the following: intelligence increased significantly from 1939 to 1952 (p .001); 85% of the group went to college and nearly 70% graduated; two-thirds of the men and three-fifths of the women did graduate work; on the Minnesota Occupational Scale, all subjects were in the first five of the seven groups and 86% were in the first two (professional and executive); and one-half of the women were housewives but many contributed to community and civic activities. The marriage rate and personal adjustment were average for the population. Other results are given for mortality, health, avocational interests, political and social attitudes, marriage, divorce, income, and offspring. Sixty-one tables are provided. The appendixes include the forms used and a 45-item bibliography. (SN)
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 Yes! and when they went to college, it was in the 20s/30s where there WERE great opportunities for women (white of a certain class and above) that were closing on equal to men.
But WW2 threw everything back in time.
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