Impact of Extracurricular Involvement on Postsecondary Outcomes for Deaf Youth


 
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Involvement in extracurricular activities provides youth with opportunities to develop important personal skills, abilities, and preferences, as well as to engage in meaningful social support networks. However, deaf students have historically faced reduced access to extracurricular opportunities. In this study, the authors assessed the influence of extracurricular involvement on postsecondary outcomes for deaf individuals through a secondary analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2. Results showed that participation in extracurricular activities predicted independent living status after high school and that participation in more than one activity predicted postsecondary enrollment. These results indicate that participation in extracurricular activities during high school has long-term benefits for deaf students.