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ERIC Number: ED307511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 29
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The Effects of Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities on Female Adolescent Self-Concept.
Simeroth, Nancy J.
While recent research has examined the positive benefits students receive from participating in extracurricular activities, very few studies have concentrated on female adolescents and their participation in such activities. This study was conducted to investigate the effects of participation in extracurricular activities on the level of self-concept as perceived by female high school students. The Personal Attribute Inventory (PAI) was administered to 166 female high school students. Subjects also completed a checklist of extracurricular activities. The difference in degree of self-concept as measured by the PAI was compared to the degree of participation in school activities. The results revealed that 128 of the 166 students participated to some degree in extracurricular activities, with 38 students reporting no participation in any type of extracurricular activities. The number of activities that students participated in ranged from 0 to 10, with a mean of 2.102. A Pearson product moment correlation was computed and a correlation of -.292 was found to be significant at p<.05. A t-test for independent samples indicated a significant difference (t=4.302>CV=1.960, p<.05) between the means of the participation group and the nonparticipation group. These findings suggest that female adolescents involved in extracurricular activities had higher positive self-concepts than did female adolescents not involved in school activities. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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