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The present analysis provides a relatively broad review of the theoretical framework of mattering, mattering within the work context, and existing psychometric measures of mattering.
Theoretical Framework: Components and Types of Mattering
Rosenberg, a social psychologist, first introduced the term mattering in the field (Rosenberg, 1985; Rosenberg & McCullough, 1981).
For example, when older people say that they often feel invisible, they are acknowledging that this most basic form of mattering is not being met.
Rosenberg's framework for mattering changed over time as he elaborated components and types of mattering.
Indeed, the literature addressing mattering has been evolving with a distinct focus on interpersonal mattering, but the potentially vital element of societal mattering has received little attention in the professional literature.
Another change is also found in Rosenberg's (1985) composition of the dimensions of mattering.
Rosenberg's dimensional model of mattering and categorization (Rosenberg, 1985; Rosenberg & McCullough, 1981) influenced the development of measurement tools (e.
05) were found between mattering and wellness and acculturation and wellness.
2]) predicting wellness from the three exogenous constructs, ethnic identity, acculturation, and mattering were spirituality = .
The path coefficients between acculturation and wellness and mattering and wellness for minority participants were all nonsignificant.
Therefore, ethnic identity, acculturation, and mattering did not significantly predict wellness among the nonminority participants.
The present study was undertaken to examine the influence of ethnic identity, acculturation, and mattering on wellness using a sample of 176 minority and 286 nonminority adolescents attending an urban public high school in the Southeast.
The findings for the model for all participants indicated that the three-factor model of ethnic identity, acculturation, and mattering partially predicted wellness in adolescents, with mattering and acculturation predicting the greatest amount of wellness; however, mattering was by far the stronger predictor.
For the adolescents who participated in this study, perceived sense of mattering is the strongest predictor of their wellness in these six areas.