Capstone/Dissertation Title

Adolescent anxiety: how extracurricular activities contribute

Term

2008

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Abstract

This research explores the ways in which extracurricular activities affect secondary students' anxiety levels in their school performance. Sixty-three ninth grade students completed a self-reporting questionnaire and short-answer response based off the Adolescent Stress Questionnaire (Byrne, Davenport, & Mazenov, 2007). Findings indicate that youth feel the most pressure from adults to achieve perfection in work and leisure activities. This expectation appears to intensify the level of anxiety experienced by students. Conclusions drawn from this research reveal that the development of a balanced self-concept is essential to navigating the many transitions of adolescence.

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