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1. Goode, Joshua. "Why Mattering Matters: Family Structure, Mattering, and Emotional Distress in Adolescents" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Chicago and Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, Aug 20, 2015 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-08-20 <>
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Abstract: Previous research has shown that family structure and family instability are significantly correlated with emotional distress in adolescents. The purpose of this project is to further understand this relationship by investigating the role of mattering, which is a social psychological concept that considers the degree to which we perceive ourselves as a significant part of the world around us. Specifically, I seek to determine the degree to which family impacts mattering in adolescents, as well as the degree to which mattering mediates the relationship between family structure and emotional distress. To accomplish this task, I utilize the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. I conceptualize family structure to include both parental unions and siblings in adolescent’s primary household. I find that non-normative family structures, as indicated by non-normative parental structures and presence of non-normative sibling types, are correlated with a decreased sense of mattering to family members. In addition, I find that mattering to family does mediate the relationship between family structure and emotional distress to a degree, although significant direct effects remain.

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