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Reed Larson, professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Department of Human and Community Development.

Meet positive youth development expert Reed Larson

Editor’s note: Reed Larson’s seminal research on the lives of teenagers helped to launch the field of positive youth development, and his insights and findings continue to enrich the work of mentoring researchers. His work explores the contexts of daily life and how developmental processes unfold in extra-curricular activities. Reed is a professor in the Department of Human and Community […]

The myth of over-scheduling: Engaging in organized after school activities in adolescence leads to positive outcomes in both adolescence and young adulthood.

Mahoney, J. L., & Vest, A. E. (2012). The over-scheduling hypothesis revisited: Intensity of organized activity participation during adolescence and young adult outcomes. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 22(3), 409-418. Summarized by Carol Lee, University of Massachusetts Boston Clinical Psychology Graduate Student Introduction: Research has shown that organized after-school and extracurricular activities increase an adolescent’s […]