ERIC Number: ED384481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct-15
Reference Count: N/A
Solitary and Peer Group Leisure Activities of Rural Adolescents.
Hine, Lynn Drumheller; Hedlund, Dalva E.
American adolescents spend a significant portion of their time in leisure activities, but little research has been done on adolescent extrafamilial leisure activities, either alone or with peers. This paper examines adolescents' own accounts of such activities. As part of a longitudinal study of rural youth development, semistructured interviews were conducted for 4 consecutive years with 87 students at 4 rural high schools in upstate New York. The students tended to have higher than average academic achievement and socioeconomic status. All participants described their communities as places where "there is nothing to do." Their schools provided adult imposed, structured activities in which participation was high, and were centers of both adolescent and adult activities in their communities. Outside of school activities, there were few places or activities available to rural adolescents within their communities. The students interviewed were very active and spent their leisure time constructively. They took advantage of extracurricular school activities, engaged in creative solitary activities, were quite active in volunteer community work, and enjoyed uniquely rural outdoor activities. However, geographical distance and transportation problems contributed to participants' sense of isolation. A deficit in socialization is suggested by the lack of a place in the community for peer groups to meet and engage in informal youth-structured activities. Implications for adolescent development are explored. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
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Identifiers - Location: New York