Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology


Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education


College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta


Academic achievement; Student activities


Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services


The purpose of this exploratory study were to (a) examine student participation in extracurricular activity, (b) define whether involvement in extracurricular and organizations influence academic achievement, (c) identify if risk behavior is a result of decrease in participation in extracurricular, and organizations. A review of existing literature presented contributing factors affecting student involvement in extracurricular activity, organizations, and increase with academic achievement and decrease in risk behavior. Estimations were made regarding similar factors in extracurricular involvement, and academic achievement literatures. To investigate these estimations, data was configured via, the Rowan University Subject Pool. A correlation and non-parametric analyses revealed no relationship between student participation in extracurricular activities, organizations, academic achievement and risk behavior. A Correlational analyses revealed no correlational relationship in regard to: grade point average, participation in sports, participation in organized activities, and participation in risk behavior. Implications for participation in extracurricular activities, organizations, academic achievement, and decrease in risk behavior are discussed. In addition to factors, types of behavior, motivation, and supportive literature are discussed in more detail.