The overall objective of this study was to explore young people's perceptions regarding the possible protective role of participating in extracurricular activities regarding the use of electronic media. In this exploratory study, a focus group was conducted with seven young people, three girls and four boys, aged between 12 and 14, involved in the following extracurricular activities: basketball, soccer, music and tennis. The participants of this study identified the development of socio-emotional skills as benefits arising from the practice of CEA. The main competence identified was team spirit, however, the dimension of relationship with peers as well as responsibility were very often mentioned. No socioemotional competencies that contribute to a more positive use of ECM were identified. In future studies, it would be relevant to understand if there is a relationship between the amount of CEA practiced and the development of social and emotional competencies, as well as to give relevance to gender issues and increase the sample. In terms of implications for practice, it is important to strengthen the access and availability of various types of CEA for all young people, thus enabling a positive development. Besides this aspect, the implementation of psychoeducation with young people, as well as with the family and instructors would be relevant.
|Date of Award||11 Jul 2022|
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Supervisor||Luísa Campos (Supervisor) & Lurdes Veríssimo (Co-Supervisor)|
- Extracurricular activities
- Eletronic media
- Young people