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Abstract: Contemporary models of human development emphasize that humans are not fixed entities but rather are relatively plastic individuals who develop as a result of the mutually influential interactions between the person and his or her various contexts and experiences. In addition, more recent findings indicate that a person's perceptions of his or her social experiences, as compared to the ... read moreo-bjective features of the experience, are just as, if not more, influential in affecting a person's biological function and psychological well-being. One recognized indicator of well-being is a person's sense of personal value, or self-worth. Accordingly, this study examined the relation between perceived social acceptance and perceived self-worth. Given the marked changes in both self and social context that occur during adolescence, the relationship between perceived social acceptance and perceived self-worth in late adolescent students will be assessed. Results were presented, and both limitations of the research and implications for future research and for application were discussed.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2014.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Development.
Advisor: Richard Lerner.
Committee: Martha Pott, and Megan Mueller.
Keyword: Developmental psychology.read less