A report from the Girl Scout Research Institute finds that girls with lower socioeconomic status participate in extracurricular activities less often than their more-affluent peers.
The report by the research arm of the Girl Scouts of the USA uses data from national and government sources to examine girls’ well-being in the United States. The information was collected between 2012 and 2016.
Researchers found that among high school seniors, girls with lower socioeconomic status were less likely to participate in student government (6 percent versus 10 percent) and sports (17 percent versus 31 percent) than girls with higher SES backgrounds. Girls from lower-income households were also less likely to do volunteer work “at least a few times a year” than those who are more affluent (73 percent versus 86 percent).
A version of this article appeared in the March 08, 2017 edition of Education Week as Youth Development