Organized activities as development contexts for children and adolescents

  • Mahoney J
  • Larson R
  • Eccles J
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(from the chapter) In this chapter, we overview central issues in the field of research on organized activities to provide a background and framework for the chapters that follow. Four main areas are addressed. First, we discuss definitional issues in the field and clarify what is meant by organized activities within this volume. Second, we outline the available research indicating that participation in these activities affects short- and long-term development. Third, we consider the features of organized activities thought to account for their developmental impact and, lastly, we review evidence on factors that influence participation in these activities and whether youth benefit from their developmental potential. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (chapter)

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  • Adolescent Development
  • After School Programs
  • Childhood Development
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • adolescents
  • children
  • development
  • organized activities

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  • Joseph L Mahoney

  • Reed W Larson

  • Jacquelynne S Eccles

  • Heather Lord

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