ERIC Number: ED456503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-1
Final Report of the Montana Public School Students' Out-of-School Time Study. Research Report.
Astroth, Kirk A.; Haynes, George W.
This paper reports on a study that explored the results of a statewide survey conducted in 21 randomly selected counties in Montana during fall 2000. Within each county, no more than 2 school districts were selected for further study, and within each school district, students in the 5th, 7th, and 9th grades were selected to participate in the study using a 74-question instrument. Nearly 2,800 surveys were returned from more than 50 schools, including schools on 4 of Montana's 7 reservations. Approximately 2,500 usable surveys were used in the analysis. Faculty at the Montana State University College of Nursing's Center for Research and Creativity coded and entered the data. Research faculty in the MSU Department of Health and Human Development analyzed these data. Results revealed that most of today's young people are very busy in out-of-school activities, with only 17 percent of youth reporting that they are not involved in any out-of-school activities. Youth who participate in any organized out-of-school programs are less likely to engage in a variety of at-risk behaviors. Moreover, youngsters who have participated in 4-H for more than 1 year are more likely to participate in all other out-of-school activities than other youth. Those who participate in 4-H more than 1 year are also less likely to shoplift or steal, smoke cigarettes, ride in a car with someone who has been drinking, or damage property just for the fun of it. (Author/DFR)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montana State Univ., Bozeman. Cooperative Extension Service.