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Family Matters

The Importance of Mattering to Family in Adolescence

Family Matters by Gregory C. Elliott
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Combining empirical evidence with indices to measure mattering, Family Matters: The Importance of Mattering to Family in Adolescence explores the inverse relationship between mattering and dysfunctional behavior in adolescence.
  • Defines mattering and distinguishes among the three ways that people can matter to others: awareness, importance, and reliance
  • Utilizes empirical evidence from a quantitative analyses of data from a nationwide survey 2,004 adolescents to support author’s assertions
  • Explores the impact of structural and demographic factors such as family structure in developing of a sense of mattering in adolescents.
  • Includes helpful indices, including his Mattering Index and Rosenberg’s Self-Esteem Index
  • Suggests how parents, teachers, and other significant people in the lives of adolescents can work to instill a sense of mattering in those under their care
Wiley; February 2009
275 pages; ISBN 9781444305791
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Title: Family Matters
Author: Gregory C. Elliott
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