Adolescent gender differences in perceived interpersonal mattering

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Ed.S. in School Psychology


Department of Counselor Education & Human Services


Advisor: Susan Gfroerer


The purpose of this thesis was to determine the relationship between gender and perceived interpersonal mattering for adolescents in relation to their teachers, friends, mother, and father. A sample of 94 adolescent students between the ages of 15 and 17 years of age (34 males and 60 females) were administered the Mattering to Others Questionnaire to determine the extent to which they believe they matter to specific others. The results indicated that there was a significant gender difference in interpersonal mattering when considering the extent to which adolescents matter to their friends. Females perceived that they mattered more to their friends when compared to their male counterparts. Conversely, there were no gender differences when referring to the extent to which adolescents matter to their mother, father, and teachers.


Social perception Sex differences, Interpersonal relations Sex differences, Self-perception in adolescence Sex differences

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