International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 1, Issue 11, Part K (2015)
Relationship between perceived family functioning and positive self constructs in graduate students
Eshrat Ara, Shawkat Ahmad Shah
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between family functioning and positive self constructs in graduate students. A sample of graduate students selected purposively from University of Kashmir (n = 85) completed the sample survey packets comprised of ‘Family Functioning Style Scale’, ‘Rosenberg self-esteem scale’ and ‘Self-congruence subscale’. A question on factors that significantly correlate with self-esteem and self-congruence was formulated. Data were analyzed by stepwise regression. The results showed that there are significant relationships between sub-domains family function, self-esteem, and self-congruence. A sense of commitment in families could predict self-esteem; strength of balance and the quality of communication in families could predict self-congruence among students. These findings show that for the development of positive self constructs in an individual, parents should try to have a family with commitment, balance and effective communication among other sub-domains of family functioning. Limitations and implications for future research have also been discussed.