ERIC Number: EJ747879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
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The Analysis of Extracurricular Activities and Their Relationship to Youth Violence
Linville, Deanna C.; Huebner, Angela J.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v34 n5 p483-492 Oct 2005
The purpose of this study was to examine how extracurricular activities relate to rural youth violence. Gender differences were examined across all of the study variables. Self-report data were collected from 235 teenagers from a rural, ethnically diverse, Virginia community. Correlations revealed a significant inverse relationship between church activity and weapon carrying. Time in non-school clubs (B = 0.444, p = 0.000) was the best predictor of fighting frequency for boys. Time in non-school clubs (B = 0.315, p = 0.001) and time in religious activities (B = -0.291, p = 0.003) were the best predictors of weapon carrying for boys. Time in extracurricular activities (B = -0.267, p = 0.016), time volunteering (B = 0.262, p = 0.007), exercise frequency (B = -0.221, p = 0.046), and number of sports team memberships (B = 0.240, p = 0.021) were significant predictors of fighting frequency for girls. None of the activity participation variables were predictive of female weapon carrying. Findings suggest that different types of extracurricular activities are predictive of violent activity.
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Rural Youth, Violence, Gender Differences, Measurement Techniques, Correlation, Predictor Variables, Ethnicity, Weapons, Athletics, Religious Factors, Youth Clubs, Student Volunteers, Adolescents
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia