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Family Matters

288 pages
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
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Preface Acknowledgments
What Does It Mean to Matter? Introduction: A Thought Experiment Defining Mattering: What It Is Distinguishing Mattering: What It Is Not A Similar Construct Mattering and the Self as Entity Mattering and the Self as Process Mattering and the Life Course Mattering in Adolescence The Structure of the Book
2 Mattering Matters Mattering as a Motivator for Behavior The Motivational Properties of Mattering Anti-Social Behavior A Contemporary Example: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing Self-Destructive Behavior A Contemporary Example: Seung-Hui Cho and the Massacre at Virginia Tech
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Elaborating the Relationship: The Mediating Role of Self-Esteem Mattering to Family
Researching Mattering: An Overview
Operationalization: The Craft of Measurement Gathering the Sample Plan of the Analysis A Caveat Reporting the Results of the Analyses
Mattering and Anti-Social Behavior
Theories of Anti-Social Behavior Relevant Research on Anti-Social Behavior Preliminary Analysis: The Relationship between Mattering and Self-Esteem Truancy Vandalism Dealing in Contraband Theft from the Family Physical Violence An Additional Mediator: Attitude toward Violence Preliminary Analysis: Mattering and Attitude toward Violence Carrying a Weapon Violence against Others Mattering and Anti-Social Behavior: Summing It Up
Mattering and Self-Destructive Behavior
Theories of Self-Destructive Behavior Self-Esteem Again llicit Drug Use Binge Drinking Suicidal Behavior An Additional Mediator: Depression Preliminary Analysis: Mattering to Family and Depression Suicidal Behavior: Planning Suicide
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Suicidal Behavior: Attempted Suicide Mattering and Self-Destructive Behavior: Summing It Up
Inducing Mattering
The Social-Structural Underpinnings of Mattering A Different Perspective Teaching Children That They Matter Parenting Styles and Mattering to Family Parenting: It’s Not About the Parent Too Much Mattering? The Future of Mattering
Appendix: Researching Mattering: A Scientific View The Sample and the Procedure Measuring Mattering Measuring Self-Esteem Measuring the Control Variables Limitations of the Data Set Plan of the Analysis Reporting the Results of the Analyses A Caveat
References Index
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