ERIC Number: ED298385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Extracurricular Activities and Adolescent Self-Esteem: A Multivariate Study.
Steitz, Jean A.; Owen, Tulita P.
This study was conducted to investigate in a controlled multivariate fashion the effects of participation and involvement in extracurricular activities on adolescent self-esteem and to analyze for possible sex differences in these relationships. Middle-class high school students (N=445) completed measures of self-esteem, degree of participation in extracurricular activities, involvement in extracurricular activities, cumulative grade point average, and number of hours students spent working at a job outside of school each week. The results indicated no significant predictors of self-esteem among males. Among females, the significant predictors of self-esteem were the number of hours of work, age, and curricular track (college preparatory, general, business, vocational-technical). Being older, working fewer hours, and being in the business or vocational versus the general or college preparatory curricular track were associated with higher levels of self-esteem for females. Sex differences in the predictor variables were significant. Neither participation nor involvement in extracurricular activities were significantly associated with adolescent self-esteem. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).