Karina De la Rosa

Karina De la Rosa

Rhode Island College

Psychology & Spanish


Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Mebert, Department of Psychology

Adolescents' Academic Achievement: A study of the Effects of Extracurricular Activities, Risky Behaviors, and Academic Self-Regulation

This study is designed to examine the relations among participation in extracurricular activities, risky behaviors, time management, and adolescents' success in school. Prior research suggested that adolescents' involvement in extracurricular activities is a strong predictor of students’ academic achievement and low engagement in risky behaviors. However, there is a limited amount of research on adolescents’ time management and its relationship to participation in extracurricular activities and school performance. For the present study, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey is the scale that will be used to measure adolescents' substance use and their engagement in risky sexual activities. Demographic information requested will include race, gender, order of birth, parental education, and religion. Extracurricular activities will be categorized depending on if they are school-based activities or community-based activities and they will be classified as academic, athletic, community service, religious and others. My sample will consist of a diverse group of high school adolescents with ages ranging from 14 to 19 years old. The participants in the study will come from different schools in a major city in New England. Correlational and regression analyses will be conducted in which academic achievement will be the predicted variable and risky behaviors, extracurricular activities, and time management will be the predictors.

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