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Brief report: Performing on the stage, the field, or both? Australian adolescent extracurricular activity participation and self-concept

Blomfield, C.J. 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.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2009.01.00...
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Abstract

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.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/3110
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