ERIC Number: EJ993479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
A Propensity Score Matching Study of Participation in Community Activities: A Path to Positive Outcomes for Youth in New Zealand?
O'Connor, Seini; Jose, Paul E.
Developmental Psychology, v48 n6 p1563-1569 Nov 2012
Extracurricular activities are important in many young people's lives and have been associated with positive academic, psychological, and social outcomes. However, most previous research has been limited to school-based activities in the North American context. This study expands existing literature by analyzing longitudinal data from more than 1,300 young Maori and European New Zealanders, using propensity score matching techniques to control for selection effects. Results suggest that youth participating in community-based activities experienced greater social support than nonparticipants. For Maori youth, participating in nonsports activities was associated with later benefits, while for New Zealand European youth, benefits were associated with sports activities. Participants of different ages reported different types of benefits. These findings highlight points of similarity and difference between New Zealand and North American youth and provide a better understanding of the positive impacts of community-based activities for young people. (Contains 2 tables and 7 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Extracurricular Activities, Foreign Countries, Longitudinal Studies, Pacific Islanders, Scores, Correlation, Social Support Groups, Team Sports, Whites, Ethnic Groups, Comparative Analysis, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand