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ERIC Number: EJ1014921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1520-3247
Regrouping: Organized Activity Involvement and Social Adjustment across the Transition to High School
Bohnert, Amy M.; Aikins, Julie Wargo; Arola, Nicole T.
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n140 p57-75 Sum 2013
Although organized activities (OAs) have been established as important contexts of development, limited work has examined the role of OAs across the high school transition in buffering adolescents' social adjustment by providing opportunities for visibility and peer affiliation. The transition to high school is characterized by numerous changes and OAs may provide an important setting for establishing and maintaining peer relationships during this tumultuous time. This study included 151 8th grade U.S. students (58% male) who were assessed across the transition to high school (spring of 8th and 9th grade). Continuous involvement in academic activities across the transition and becoming involved (i.e., initiation) in community/service activities following the transition was associated with fewer depressive symptoms in the spring of 9th grade. Continuous involvement in sports and initiation of academic activities was associated with having more friendships. In addition, links between OAs and loneliness were only evident among females. There appear to be significant social benefits for OA involvement. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Grade 8; Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Childrens Depression Inventory
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