Chapter 4. Mattering and Anti-Social Behavior

  1. Gregory C. Elliott

Published Online: 4 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305784.ch4

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 and Anti-Social Behavior, in Family Matters: The Importance of Mattering to Family in Adolescence, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305784.ch4

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 and anti-social behavior;
  • theoretical approaches in anti-social behavior;
  • strain theory - conflict between goals promulgated by our symbolic universe and the means to these ends;
  • Merton's argument and concept of mattering;
  • symbolic interactionist perspective;
  • relevant research on anti-social behavior;
  • relationship between mattering and self-esteem - Self-Esteem Index;
  • truancy and classic film depiction of truancy - Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986);
  • anti-social behavior - an annoyance (truancy, vandalism, theft);
  • mattering and attitude toward violence

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Theories of Anti-Social Behavior

  • Relevant Research on Anti-Social Behavior

  • Preliminary Analysis: The Relationship between Mattering and Self-Esteem

  • Truancy

  • Vandalism

  • Dealing in Contraband

  • Theft from the Family

  • Physical Violence

  • An Additional Mediator: Attitude toward Violence

  • Preliminary Analysis: Mattering and Attitude toward Violence

  • Carrying a Weapon

  • Violence against Others

  • Mattering and Anti-Social Behavior: Summing It Up