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ERIC Number: EJ792088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4385
Developing School Connectedness among Diverse Youth through Extracurricular Programming
Brown, Randall; Evans, William P.
Prevention Researcher, v12 n2 p14-17 Apr 2005
Extracurricular activity participation (EAP) is a formalized opportunity for youth to experience non-classroom-based, prosocial programming. A considerable amount of research, using both cross-sectional and longitudinal samples, has found important relationships between EAP and a decreased likelihood of dropping out and substance use, as well as an increased likelihood of academic achievement and prosocial behavior. The importance of EAP upon prosocial behavior has been widely held, yet little research has examined the process by which youth develop a sense of connectedness to school, particularly with minority youth. Since most studies on extracurricular activity participation have been limited to largely European American samples, the participation rates of non-European American students is unknown. This article uses data collected from a large, diverse sample of students, to examine EAP participation rates among European American, Hispanic American, African American, and Asian American students. The relationship between EAP and school connectedness is examined, and the implications of these results for the education community is discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California