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Getting Teens Involved in Extracurricular Activities Can Improve Their Self-esteem

December 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Soccer practice, band rehearsal, French club, and (not to mention) homework—with all that your teen has going on, it may be difficult to catch a few moments of their attention. Now, a new study finds that keeping your teen busy may really be better for them.

Looking for reasons to get your teen out of the house? Developmental psychologists studied over 10,000 teens from across the country. They found that teens who were more involved with a sport had more self-esteem. Those who were more involved in sports and clubs were more physically active, and those who were involved in music also had more self-esteem. These activities are thought to be good for teens because they help provide kids with greater social support from teachers and adults within their communities.

So how can parents get their teens more involved? Have teens take part in activities as a family or help your teen find activities that interest him or her. Also, encouraging them to have a friend take part can give them an extra boost in confidence.

The study also found that teens who had more teacher and adult guidance (instead of peer influence) were less likely to abuse drugs.

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Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Supervising Producer; Milvionne Chery, Producer; Roque Correa, Editor.

Produced by Child Trends News Service in partnership with Ivanhoe Broadcast News and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. 


Spanish Translation

Chicos Ocupados, Exito Asegurado

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Partidos de futbol, clases de baile, clubs, y desde luego, la tarea. Nuestros jóvenes parecen tener cada segundo de su dia programado. Hoy, un nuevo estudio revela que estos horarios a tope benefician a los adolescentes.

Chicos ocupados es sinónimo de chicos exitosos. Expertos en la sicologia del desarrollo estudiaron a mas de diez mil adolescentes en toda la nación. ¿La conclusión del estudio? Los jóvenes que practicaban un deporte tenian una auto estima mas alta. Aquellos que ademas pertenecian a algun club estaban mas activos fisicamente y la autoestima de los chicos que estudiaban musica o tocaban un instrumento también era mas elevada. Los expertos indican que participar en actividades extra escolares provee a los adolescentes apoyo adicional de profesores y adultos de su comunidad.

¿Como pueden los padres lograr que su adolescente se involucre en mas actividades? Una forma es hacerlo en familia, también, ayudarlo a explorar opciones que puedan interesarle, y si tienen un amigo que los acompase en las actividades les hará sentirse mas comodos.

Este estudio tambien determino que aquellos adolescentes que se dejaban guiar o influenciar por sus compañeros en vez de por maestros u otros adultos, tenian mas tendencia a abusar de las drogas.

Los contribuyentes a este reportaje incluyen: Cyndy McGrath, Supervisora; Milvionne Chery; Productora de Campo; Roque Correa, Editor.

Producido por Child Trends News Service en asocio con Ivanhoe Broadcast News y auspiciado por una beca de la National Science Foundation.