The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the level of satisfaction derived from participating in extracurricular activities and self-reported substance use. Thirty six high school students completed a self-report survey assessing their extracurricular activity participation, satisfaction with participation, and aspects of substance use. Results indicated that as level of satisfaction with participation in activities increased, the reported substance use decreased. A positive relationship was found between amount of time spent in activities and alcohol use. In addition, a significant positive relationship was found between participation in athletic activities and alcohol use, as well as, participation in social activities and alcohol use. Also found was a significant increase in the total amount of drugs used from the ninth to tenth grades. Descriptive data found "experimentation" and "curiosity" to be the most common reasons for using substances and "a friend's house" as the most common place to use.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
High school students--Substance use; High school students--Alcohol use; Teenagers--Substance use; Teenagers--Alcohol use; High school student activities; High school athletes; Teenagers--Conduct of life
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Psychology (CLA)
Caswell, Diana, "Adolescent self-reported activity participation satisfaction and substance use" (1998). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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