Family Matters: The Importance of Mattering to Family in by Gregory C. Elliott

By Gregory C. Elliott

Combining empirical facts with indices to degree mattering, kin issues: the significance of Mattering to kinfolk in formative years explores the inverse dating among mattering and dysfunctional habit in youth.

  • Defines mattering and distinguishes one of the 3 ways that folks can topic to others: information, significance, and reliance
  • Utilizes empirical proof from a quantitative analyses of knowledge from a national survey 2,004 kids to aid author’s assertions
  • Explores the influence of structural and demographic elements corresponding to relations constitution in constructing of a feeling of mattering in youth.
  • Includes precious indices, together with his Mattering Index and Rosenberg’s vanity Index
  • Suggests how mom and dad, academics, and different major humans within the lives of youngsters can paintings to instill a feeling of mattering in these lower than their care

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It is the placement along this dimension that helps to account for differences in behavior. Social and behavioral scientists have identified three major processes by which we construct an understanding of ourselves. qxd 5/11/08 2:16 PM Page 18 What Does It Mean to Matter? by the way that others react to us. People are continually communicating to us how they see us, and it is easy, especially when we are children, to incorporate their understandings into our own self-concepts. We internalize the image of ourselves that is communicated to us by others and make it our own.

Symbolic interactionists call this understanding a situated identity. It is the understanding of a person’s situated identity that makes possible a sense of mattering. If one is allowed to take part in goaldirected activity, it is easy to infer that one matters, at least with regard to the current interaction. qxd 5/11/08 2:16 PM Page 22 What Does It Mean to Matter? tangential entity or not at all, the message is clear: One does not matter. One important motivation for my claim of a situated identity in an interaction that is significant to me is the need to reassure myself that I matter, that I have a meaningful and necessary part to play in the ongoing interaction.

However, often there is no clear standard by which we can measure our standing in some category or dimension. (Am I a good tennis player? ) In that case, the social psychologist Leon Festinger (1957) argues that we learn about ourselves by comparing ourselves to others. We may do so in order to determine congruence with another (same vs. different) or for evaluative purposes (better or worse). In either case, we often get valuable information about who we are by the process of social comparison.

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