Brief report: performing on the stage, the field, or both? Australian adolescent extracurricular activity participation and self-concept
Blomfield, C. and Barber, B.L. (2009) Brief report: performing on the stage, the field, or both? Australian adolescent extracurricular activity participation and self-concept. Journal of Adolescence, 32 (3). pp. 733-739.
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The relationship between Australian adolescents' participation in extracurricular activities and their self-concepts was investigated. A total of 1489 adolescents (56% female; mean age 13.8 years) completed measures of social self-concept, academic self-concept, and general self-worth, and reported on their extracurricular activity participation. In general, participation in any type of extracurricular activity was associated with a higher social and academic self-concept, and general self-worth, compared to no participation. Adolescents who participated in both sports and non-sports also reported a more positive social self-concept and general self-worth, compared to those who only participated in one of the activity types. This research provides support for extracurricular activities as a context facilitative of positive self-concept, and demonstrates the importance of a mixed participation profile for an adolescent's self-concept.
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|Murdoch Affiliation:||School of Psychology|
|Copyright:||The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents.|
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