An investigatory study into the relationship between extracurricular activities and stress/worry in exam years

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Kelly, David
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study examined participation in extracurricular activities in exam year secondary school students and its impacts on stress and worry. Past studies showed support for extracurricular activities impacting positively on stress and worry. This study developed on past research by exploring different types of extracurricular activities and also exploring procrastination in relation to stress. The results showed students who participated in extracurricular activities showed lower levels of both stress and worry than those who don’t participate. Procrastination showed a significant link to stress. The hypotheses exploring the types of extracurricular activities showed participants in solo activities showed significantly lower stress then team activities; however there was no significant difference between contact and non-contact activities or between the types of extracurricular activities. Author keywords: Extracurricular activities, stress, worry, procrastination