Family Matters: The Importance of Mattering to Family in Adolescence
1. What Does It Mean to Matter?
2. Mattering Matters.
3. Researching Mattering: An Overview.
4. Mattering and Anti-Social Behavior.
5. Mattering and Self-Destructive Behavior.
6. Inducing Mattering.
Appendix: Researching Mattering: A Scientific View.
"This book is recommended for social psychologists, sociologists, psychologists, and social workers. I found it thought provoking and would like to see items on mattering added to large-scale surveys. Readers are likely to think of instances of how not mattering has mattered in their own lives." (International Journal of Sociology of the family, Autumn 2010)
- 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 instil a sense of mattering in those under their care