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Fredricks, Jennifer A.; Simpkins, Sandra D. – New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2013
The goal of this volume is to show how organized activities provide an ideal setting for developing a deeper understanding of peer relations, as well as offering a context for a more positive study of peers. The chapters in this volume focus on youth 10 to 18 years of age. In this introductory chapter we first describe the reasons why organized…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Extracurricular Activities, Team Sports, Art Activities
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Vest, Andrea E.; Simpkins, Sandra D. – New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2013
Little is known about how adolescents' peer relations might alter whether sport participation is associated with alcohol use. Consistent with social learning theory, we found that sport participation was protective against alcohol use if these peers had low alcohol use, but athletes were likely to use alcohol if their sport friends and…
Descriptors: Drinking, Team Sports, Risk, Health Behavior
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Cansler, Emily; Updegraff, Kimberly A.; Simpkins, Sandra D. – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2012
We describe Mexican American seventh graders' expectations for future work and family roles and investigate links between patterns of future expectations and adolescents' cultural experiences and adjustment. Adolescents participated in home interviews and a series of seven nightly phone calls. Five unique patterns of adolescents' future…
Descriptors: Mexican Americans, Adolescents, Grade 7, Hispanic Americans
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Simpkins, Sandra D.; Fredricks, Jennifer A.; Eccles, Jacquelynne S. – Developmental Psychology, 2012
The Eccles' expectancy-value model posits that a cascade of mechanisms explain associations between parents' beliefs and youths' achievement-related behaviors. Specifically, parents' beliefs predict parents' behaviors; in turn, parents' behaviors predict youths' motivational beliefs, and youths' motivational beliefs predict their behaviors. This…
Descriptors: Mothers, Beliefs, Adolescents, Self Concept
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Simpkins, Sandra D.; Vest, Andrea E.; Becnel, Jennifer N. – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2010
This investigation examined the precursors of adolescents' participation in sport and music activities in the United States by testing a developmental model across 7 years. Data were drawn from youth questionnaires in the Childhood and Beyond Study (92% European American; N = 594). Findings suggest that patterns of participation across a 3-year…
Descriptors: Music, Music Activities, Adolescents, Participation
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Simpkins, Sandra D.; Delgado, Melissa Y.; Price, Chara D.; Quach, Alex; Starbuck, Elizabeth – Developmental Psychology, 2013
The integrative model for child development and ecodevelopmental theory suggest that macro factors, such as socioeconomic status, ethnicity, culture, and immigration influence the settings in which adolescents engage. The goal of this investigation was to use a combination of deductive and inductive qualitative analysis to describe the mechanisms…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Familiarity, Adolescents, Values
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Simpkins, Sandra D.; O'Donnell, Megan; Delgado, Melissa Y.; Becnel, Jennifer N. – Applied Developmental Science, 2011
Latino adolescents often are less likely to participate in extracurricular activities compared to youth from other ethnic groups. This descriptive study examined the differences in activity participation by family resources and markers of cultural orientation for the four largest Latino ethnic groups in the U.S. Findings were based on secondary…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Ethnic Groups, Adolescents, Data Analysis
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Schaefer, David R.; Simpkins, Sandra D.; Vest, Andrea E.; Price, Chara D. – Developmental Psychology, 2011
Extracurricular activities are settings that are theorized to help adolescents maintain existing friendships and develop new friendships. The overarching goal of the current investigation was to examine whether coparticipating in school-based extracurricular activities supported adolescents' school-based friendships. We used social network methods…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Network Analysis, Friendship, Adolescents
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Simpkins, Sandra D.; Eccles, Jacquelynne S.; Becnel, Jennifer N. – Developmental Psychology, 2008
This investigation addresses the mediational role of friends' characteristics between adolescents' activity breadth (i.e., variety in activity participation) and their later adjustment. Data were drawn from 2 longitudinal studies: the Childhood and Beyond (CAB; N = 925) study and the Maryland Adolescent Development in Context Study (MADICS; N =…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adolescent Development, Friendship, Individual Characteristics
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Simpkins, Sandra D.; Davis-Kean, Pamela E. – New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2005
This chapter addresses how critical choices in the math and science pipeline can be traced back to adolescents' self-concepts of abilities and values at the beginning of high school. (Contains 3 figures.)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Self Concept, Values, High School Students
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Dearing, Eric; Kreider, Holly; Simpkins, Sandra; Weiss, Heather B. – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2006
Longitudinal data from kindergarten to 5th grade on both family involvement in school and children's literacy performance were examined for an ethnically diverse, low-income sample (N = 281). Within families, increased school involvement predicted improved child literacy. In addition, although there was an achievement gap in average literacy…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, Literacy, Academic Achievement, Longitudinal Studies
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Simpkins, Sandra D.; Davis-Kean, Pamela E.; Eccles, Jacquelynne S. – Developmental Psychology, 2006
This study addresses the longitudinal associations between youths' out-of-school activities, expectancies-values, and high school course enrollment in the domains of math and science. Data were collected on 227 youth who reported on their activity participation in 5th grade, expectancies-values in 6th and 10th grade, and courses taken throughout…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Grade 10, Grade 5, Academic Achievement
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Wimer, Christopher; Simpkins, Sandra D.; Dearing, Eric; Bouffard, Suzanne M.; Caronongan, Pia; Weiss, Heather B. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2008
Youth out-of-school time (OST) programs and activities can provide developmental benefits for participating youth. Yet little research has examined the contextual predictors of youth OST participation. To address this issue, we examined a collection of child-, family-, school-, and neighborhood-level characteristics as predictors of OST…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Income, Family Characteristics, Low Achievement
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Fiester, Leila M.; Simpkins, Sandra D.; Bouffard, Suzanne M. – New Directions for Youth Development, 2005
Evidence that youth programs have real benefits has prompted efforts to get young people in the door of out-of-school-time (OST) programs. Once youth are enrolled, attendance plays a key role in the participation equation. Children and youth will not benefit unless they attend programs regularly, and evidence is emerging that those who attend more…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Program Improvement, After School Programs, Young Adults
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Simpkins, Sandra D.; Davis-Kean, Pamela E.; Eccles, Jacquelynne S. – Applied Developmental Science, 2005
This study examined associations between multiple parental behaviors and children's participation in out-of-school math, science, and computer activities for children in 2nd (n = 125), 3rd (n = 123), and 5th grade (n = 200). Mothers and fathers reported how often they encouraged their children's activities, participated in activities with their…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Gender Differences, After School Education, After School Programs
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