Chapter 1. What Does It Mean to Matter?

  1. Gregory C. Elliott

Published Online: 4 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305784.ch1

Family Matters: The Importance of Mattering to Family in Adolescence

Family Matters: The Importance of Mattering to Family in Adolescence

How to Cite

Elliott, G. C. (2009) What Does It Mean to Matter?, in Family Matters: The Importance of Mattering to Family in Adolescence, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305784.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405162425

Online ISBN: 9781444305784

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Keywords:

  • notion of “mattering”;
  • Morris Rosenberg - mattering as aspect of protective power of social connection;
  • failing to matter - profound rejection of self in its entirety;
  • What Does It Mean to Matter?;
  • forms of mattering - taking several forms and being the focus of others' attention;
  • relationship forms of mattering and element of choice being crucial;
  • perceived social support - positively associated with mattering;
  • self-consciousness - chronic tendency to be object of one's own attention;
  • mattering - dimension of self concept and mattering in adolescence;
  • symbolic interactionism

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • 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