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ERIC Number: ED503483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-15
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
What Do Young Adolescents Do When School Let's Out? Discretionary Time Use and Its Relation to School Adjustment
Meece, Darrell; Pettit, Gregory; Mize, Jacquelyn; Hayes, Margaret
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence (San Diego, CA, Mar 1998) Diego, CA, Mar 1998)
In the present research we examined variations in the after-school experience of young adolescents as a function of family background characteristics and the extent to which after-school activities were associated with behavioral adjustment at school. After-school time use was assessed through telephone interviews with 438 young adolescents (sixth-graders, 221 female) who reported their locations, activities, and companions during a three-hour block of time following school on two consecutive days. Teacher ratings and school records provided school adjustment outcome data. The amount of time involved in unproductive and productive activities after school varied as a function of sex and SES. Only modest correlations were found between school adjustment and after-school locations and activities. Unproductive activities and travel were associated with externalizing behavior problems and poorer academic performance only for those children in self care. These results underscore the importance of considering the social context within which young adolescents' after-school experiences take place. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH); National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A