The Relationship between Life Satisfaction, Social Interest, and Frequency of Extracurricular Activities among Adolescent Students


The relationship between life satisfaction, social interest, and participation in extracurricular activities was assessed among adolescent students. A total of 321 high school adolescents (Grades 9–12) were administered a multidimensional measure of life satisfaction and a scale that assessed social interest. Adolescents were also asked to list the number of extracurricular activities that they participated in since their enrollment in high school. Higher social interest was significantly related to higher levels of overall satisfaction, as well as satisfaction with friends and family. Significant race differences were noted. Adolescents who participated in greater numbers of structured extracurricular activities reported higher school satisfaction. The relationship between social interest and actual participation in extracurricular activities was negligible. Implications of these findings, as well as suggestions for future research are provided.

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Gilman, R. The Relationship between Life Satisfaction, Social Interest, and Frequency of Extracurricular Activities among Adolescent Students. Journal of Youth and Adolescence 30, 749–767 (2001) doi:10.1023/A:1012285729701

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  • High School
  • Life Satisfaction
  • Actual Participation
  • Race Difference
  • Extracurricular Activity