ERIC Number: EJ921081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
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Reference Count: 43
Developmental Experiences during Extracurricular Activities and Australian Adolescents' Self-Concept: Particularly Important for Youth from Disadvantaged Schools
Blomfield, Corey J.; Barber, Bonnie L.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v40 n5 p582-594 May 2011
Extracurricular activities provide adolescents with a number of positive personal and interpersonal developmental experiences. This study investigated whether developmental experiences that occurred during extracurricular activities were linked to a more positive self-concept for Australian adolescents, and whether this link was particularly salient for youth from disadvantaged schools. Adolescents (N = 1,504, 56% Female) from 26 diverse high schools across Western Australia were surveyed. The findings revealed that adolescents from low socio-economic status schools who participated in extracurricular activities had a more positive general self-worth and social self-concept than adolescents from similar socio-economic schools who did not participate in any extracurricular activities. Furthermore, the positive developmental experiences that occurred during extracurricular activities predicted a more positive general self-worth and social and academic self-concept, and this link was stronger for youth from low SES schools. These findings suggest that the developmental experiences afforded by extracurricular activities may foster positive adolescent development.
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Extracurricular Activities, Disadvantaged Schools, Socioeconomic Status, Disadvantaged, Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Self Concept, Prediction, Surveys
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Identifiers - Location: Australia