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Do peer characteristics mediate the association between adolescent extracurricular activity participation and positive academic engagement?

Scott, Deanna (2013) Do peer characteristics mediate the association between adolescent extracurricular activity participation and positive academic engagement? Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

Adolescent participation in extracurricular activities is associated with positive academic engagement measures, yet the mechanisms responsible for this link remain relatively unknown. The current study had two goals; first to investigate the association between participation across different types of structured activities and indicators of positive academic engagement for Australian adolescents; and second, to examine if these associations were mediated by the affiliated activity peer group. A sample of 1850 year 8 and year 11 students (mean age 14.6 years) from government and private schools across Western Australia completed the self-report survey. Extracurricular participation was positively associated with measures of school liking, school attachment, school grades and university intentions, particularly for students who participated in non-sport activities or a mixed portfolio of sports plus activities. In addition, peer characteristics were found to partially mediate the association between the mixed sports plus activities group and academic engagement indicators.

Keywords: adolescence, extracurricular activities, peers, academic engagement

Publication Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Supervisor: Barber, Bonnie
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/18845
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