November 29, 2013

DOES PARTICIPATION IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES REDUCE ENGAGEMENT IN RISKY BEHAVIOURS?

The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research has published a research report titled "Does participation in extracurricular activities reduce engagement in risky behaviours?"  The report looked at participation in a variety of extracurricular activities such as art, organised sports and non-organised sports and also considered young people from low socioeconomic backgrounds alongside high socioeconomic backgrounds.  The report found that overall, participation in extra curricular activities did reduce risky activities such as alcohol consumption and cannabis use, although the effect differed by activity type, gender and socioeconomic status.

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