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Percept Mot Skills. 2003 Oct;97(2):449-50.

Research note: American children's time use in after-school activities.

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  • 1Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, University at Albany, SUNY, NY 12222, USA.


90 Grade 4 children from upstate New York completed a "what I usually do" questionnaire, reporting on their after-school activities. Contrary to the concerns of some psychologists, there was no evidence that the children were being "hurried" out of childhood or "hot-housed" to develop academic or other excellence. The children's time was largely spent in enjoyable, self-chosen, and nonacademic activities, most often play or television viewing.

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