Association of Family Challenges with Self-esteem and Perceived Social Support among Indian Adolescents

Association of Family Challenges with Self-esteem and Perceived Social Support among Indian... The family micro-system is important in the development of any individual. Defects or deviations in its normative functioning affect the development of a child. These defects may include child maltreatment or abuse, be it physical, sexual, emotional, or neglect. Within this domain, in our view, there does not appear to be adequate development related to the understanding of, and intervention for, emotional abuse. Emotional abuse extends from explicit acts to invisible causative factors of neglect or humiliation. In this work, through quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence, we have attempted to associate family challenges with self-esteem (SE) and perceived social support. The study was carried out on a sample of early-adolescent high school students in the state of Kerala, India. We found a significant difference in SE between adolescents who reported challenges at home and those who did not. We also observed the limited role of age as a determinant in this differentiation. The current work serves to significantly supplement the understanding of causal relationships in the discourse on emotional abuse in the context of child development. Keywords Family · Psychological maltreatment · Emotional abuse · Self-esteem · Perceived social support · Indian adolescents Bronfenbrenner (1994), in his ecological systems theory, Moving now to the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal Springer Journals

Association of Family Challenges with Self-esteem and Perceived Social Support among Indian Adolescents

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Psychology; Personality and Social Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Sociology, general
ISSN
0738-0151
eISSN
1573-2797
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10560-018-0553-5
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Abstract

The family micro-system is important in the development of any individual. Defects or deviations in its normative functioning affect the development of a child. These defects may include child maltreatment or abuse, be it physical, sexual, emotional, or neglect. Within this domain, in our view, there does not appear to be adequate development related to the understanding of, and intervention for, emotional abuse. Emotional abuse extends from explicit acts to invisible causative factors of neglect or humiliation. In this work, through quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence, we have attempted to associate family challenges with self-esteem (SE) and perceived social support. The study was carried out on a sample of early-adolescent high school students in the state of Kerala, India. We found a significant difference in SE between adolescents who reported challenges at home and those who did not. We also observed the limited role of age as a determinant in this differentiation. The current work serves to significantly supplement the understanding of causal relationships in the discourse on emotional abuse in the context of child development. Keywords Family · Psychological maltreatment · Emotional abuse · Self-esteem · Perceived social support · Indian adolescents Bronfenbrenner (1994), in his ecological systems theory, Moving now to the

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Child and Adolescent Social Work JournalSpringer Journals

Published: May 28, 2018

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