Explore how the peer relationship and extracurricular organizedactivities--like sports, the arts, and community-basedorganizations--influence academic functioning, socialdevelopment, and problem behavior. This volume shows howout-of-school activity offers an ideal context to study peerprocesses, and to explore both how and why peers matter fororganized activity participation.
Starting with the theoretical and empirical research on peersand organized activities, it goes on to address several questionsincluding:
- Does co-participating in an organized activity with your friendimprove the quality of the relationship?
- When do peer relations amplify the benefits of participatingand when do they exacerbate negative outcomes?
- Does participation in organized activities help adolescentsmanage difficult transition periods?
Finally, the volume concludes with a conceptual framework toguide future research on how organized activity characteristicsinfluence peer processes and how these processes within organizedactivity contexts influence outcomes for adolescents.
This is the 140th volume in this series. Its mission is toprovide scientific and scholarly presentations on cutting edgeissues and concepts in child and adolescent development. Eachvolume focuses on a specific new direction or research topic and isedited by experts on that topic.