The relationship between closeness to significant others and self-esteem

Burnett, Paul C. & Demnar, Wayne (1996) The relationship between closeness to significant others and self-esteem. Journal of Family Studies, 2(2), pp. 121-129.

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One hundred and forty-three children (61 boys and 82 girls) between 8 and 12 years of age participated in a study which focused on closeness to significant others and its relationship with self-esteem. A closeness rating scale was developed to determine quantitatively how close children feel to their mother, father, two closest peers, and current teacher.

Marsh's (1990) eight general self-concept items from the Self-Description Questionnaire 1 (SDQI), together with eight items from Burnett's (1994) Self-scale, were administered to the children, who ranged in age from 8 to 12 years, to measure their self-esteem. Closeness to mother was found to correlate most significantly with a child's self-esteem, while closeness to teacher was related more strongly to self-esteem for girls than for boys.

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ID Code: 27881
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Self-Esteem, Closeness, Significant Others
ISSN: 1322-9400
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1996 EContent Management Pty Ltd
Deposited On: 12 Oct 2009 02:50
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:42

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