Capturing Unique Dimensions of Youth Organized Activity Involvement: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations

Dec. 01, 2010

Source: Review of Educational Research, 80(4), (December 2010 ), p. 576-610.

This paper investigates the complexities of assessing involvement and focuses specifically on the following organized activity dimensions: (a) breadth, (b) intensity, (c) duration/consistency, and (d) engagement.

For each dimension, the paper examines the theoretical underpinnings for why it is important to measure the dimension, presents measurement issues that have arisen in previous studies, describes how the dimension relates to developmental outcomes, and offers recommendations for assessing it in future use.

A conceptual model is presented to describe issues that are important to consider when assessing various dimensions of organized activity involvement in future research.

Updated: Mar. 14, 2012