ERIC Number: ED395052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep-11
Reference Count: N/A
Adolescent Time Use, Risky Behavior, and Outcomes: An Analysis of National Data.
Zill, Nicholas; And Others
The Monitoring the Future survey of high school seniors, the Longitudinal Study of American Youth, and the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 were used to provide information about adolescents' time use, their risky behaviors, and the outcomes of time-use patterns in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. Spending significant portions of their discretionary time in constructive activities may develop useful skills and lessen adolescents' chances of engaging in risky behavior. Data confirmed that relatively few U.S. adolescents were spending significant portions of their free time in constructive activities. Overall, they devoted little time to homework, and, although many reported participating in noncompulsory activities at school, most spent relatively little time in such activities. In addition, relatively few spent time in organized activities not connected to the school. Findings indicated that organized youth activities can help deter risky behavior in adolescence and young adulthood, but that the effectiveness of the activity depends on the extent to which it develops skills, creates challenges, and provides fulfilling experiences for teen participants. Appendixes discuss data sources and analysis, and ecological systems theory and social control theory. (Contains 28 figures, 18 tables, and 39 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.