Extracurricular Activity Involvement and Adolescent Self-Esteem

By Lisa A. Kort-Butler, Ph.D.
The Prevention Researcher,
Volume 19, Number 2, 2012, Pages 13-16, Item# A192-Kort-Butler

 
SendSend this page to a friend



Structured extracurricular activity participation has been linked to self-esteem and other indicators of positive youth development. This article describes the theoretical basis for this relationship, centering on extracurricular activities as a location for identity development. A summary of the empirical evidence points to the importance of breadth of participation for self-esteem and related measures of psychological well-being. Consideration is also given to variations by gender, race/ethnicity, and social context. Although the literature points to the relevance of adolescent extracurricular involvement for self-esteem, further research is needed to understand the nuances of this relationship. Additionally, adults should exercise caution about forcing adolescents into activities. Instead, adults and communities should create environments that encourage youth to try new things and provide access to a variety of activities. Within extracurricular activities, there should be support for the factors conducive to building self-esteem and other aspects of positive youth development.

View references for this article »

This article is available for FREE as a digital download!

Subject Index

Use the drop-down menu to
find a product by subject

-

We print our final issue in September.

After 20 years of publishing youth-related research, The Prevention Researcher will print its last... Read More

New! Supporting Youth in Recovery

Our newest issue is now available! "Supporting Youth in Recovery" can be found here, where you can... Read More

"Smut Page Survivor": A new Youth Story

Our latest Youth Story is now available! Read "Smut Page Survivor" about the effects of... Read More

Saying Goodbye as Our Journey Changes

These past few weeks, the staff and I at The Prevention Researcher have had the most difficult task of letting our ... Read More

Promoting Healthy Relationships Among LGBT Youth

The topic of promoting healthy relationships among LGBT youth is one that is still not addressed very often. Little ... Read More

Free Article: Help-seeking and Help-giving for Teen Dating Violence

How do teens typically get help for dating violence, and how can adults and other teens best respond to dating ... Read More

#011 - Respectful and Healthy Teen Break-Ups: An Interview with Nicole Daley and Ricky Smith

February is "Relationship Wellness Month," and this special edition podcast turns the focus on... More...

#010 - Changing School Culture with Restorative Practices: An Interview with Dr. Christopher Plum

A few years ago, the Plymouth Educational Center in Detroit, Michigan began using mandatory,... More...

#009 - The Effectiveness of Internet-based Depression Interventions: An Interview with Dr. Joshua Fogel

Depression remains a problem for today's teens, with 25% of youth reporting depressive symptoms.... More...

Follow us: Twitter Logo Twitter Facebook Logo Facebook RSS Logo