Title page for ETD etd-04162001-105337

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Williams, William P.
Author's Email Address wiwilli5@vt.edu
URN etd-04162001-105337
Title The Effects of Youth Organizations on High School Graduation
Degree Master of Science
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Fuhrman, Ellsworth R. Committee Co-Chair
Hughes, Michael D. Committee Co-Chair
Kiecolt, K. Jill Committee Member
  • extracurricular activities
  • youth
  • high school graduation
Date of Defense 2001-02-09
Availability unrestricted
The Effects of Youth Organizations on High School Graduation

William P. Williams


Organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts of America, church groups, community recreation sports, high school sports, and other youth organizations provide educational, recreational, and social interaction opportunities for many adolescents in the United States. As sociologists we can ask, what kind of impact do they have on participants? The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of participation in one or more of these youth organizations on completing high school. Previous research is lacking in this specific area, though there is research that addresses other positive aspects, and some negative, of these organizations. The hypothesis of this study is that youth who participate in extracurricular activities or youth organizations have a greater likelihood of graduating from high school than those who do not participate in extracurricular activities. The data were taken from the National Longitudinal Survey. A logistical regression was conducted to see if there is an association between participation in these youth organizations and high school graduation.

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