Family Matters. The Importance of Mattering to Family in Adolescence

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  • Book
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In this book, Gregory Elliott explores the effects of mattering to one′s family on adolescent behavior. He presents evidence that those who feel that they matter to their families are much less likely to engage in anti–social or self–destructive behaviors and suggests how parents, teachers, and any significant others can help instill a sense of mattering in the lives of adolescents in their care. The clear understanding that they matter will help protect young people from the threats to wellbeing that are so prevalent in adolescence and will encourage them to navigate smoothly through these difficult years.
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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.



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"I enjoyed readingFamily Matters and the first research findings drawn from a large sample. The chapters summarizing what mattering is and how it motivates behavior provide a nice overview for uninitiated readers...this book helps highlight a construct that may be important for family researchers and hopefully will help encourage others to consider engaging in research to fill in the many gaps in our knowledge about mattering." (Journal of Family Theory & Review, Autumn 2010)

"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)

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