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Elliott, Gregory C., Prof. of Sociology
Family Matters: The Importance of Mattering to Family in Adolescence
Author: Gregory C. Elliott, Professor of Sociology
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; Pub. Date: February 2009; Paperback
Subject: Sociology; Child Care
"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."—publisher description