- 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
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.