Chapter 2. Mattering Matters

  1. Gregory C. Elliott

Published Online: 4 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305784.ch2

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) Mattering Matters, in Family Matters: The Importance of Mattering to Family in Adolescence, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305784.ch2

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:

  • mattering as motivator for behavior - importance of mattering in everyday life;
  • mattering matters - being motivated to earn the approval of others;
  • motivational properties of mattering - mattering to others as existentially reassuring awareness;
  • motivational power of mattering - from earliest stages in life's course;
  • those who believe they matter - maintaining a sense of connection to others;
  • anti-social behavior;
  • Timothy McVeigh and Oklahoma city bombing - extreme form of forced mattering;
  • self-destructive behavior;
  • mediating role of self-esteem;
  • mattering to family - mattering to certain significant people in our lives

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Mattering as a Motivator for Behavior

  • The Motivational Properties of Mattering

  • Anti-Social Behavior

  • A Contemporary Example: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing

  • Self-Destructive Behavior

  • A Contemporary Example: Seung-Hui Cho and the Massacre at Virginia Tech

  • Elaborating the Relationship: The Mediating Role of Self-Esteem

  • Mattering to Family