High School Extra-Curricular Activities Linked To Social Competence and Achievement

High school students who participate in extra-curricular activities achieve more in college and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, according to a new study from the University of Illinois.

Professor David Hansen and his colleagues studied 1122 eleventh graders about their involvement in the arts, school and community clubs, volunteer work, Scouts, church groups and so forth. They found that the amount of time spent in such activities was more important than which activities the students chose.

In an article in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Dr. Hansen wrote that teens who have no outside interests are more apt to be socially isolated and disconnected from others both at school and at home.