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In this quantitative study, the purpose was to explore the factors that prevent parents of children aged 0-12 in the Region of Peel from enrolling their children into extracurricular activities. This was explored through the sub-themes of parent’s perceived benefits of extracurricular activities, parental influences, and income as a factor. Through these themes, it helped answer the main research question of, “What are the factors that prevent parents from enrolling young children into extracurricular activities?” The number of participants that helped answer this research question were 30 (n=30). They answered a 21-question survey. The key findings of this research study through the sub-themes was 66.67% of participants believed they had basic knowledge of the benefits of extracurricular activities, 63.33% of physically active parents only had 73.68% enrolled into extracurricular activities, and time was the number one factor that influenced the participants in enrolling their children into extracurricular activities. Based on these findings, the researcher identified results that supported the literature review which were that parental influences did impact children’s enrollment. Literature that contradicted the study was that time was the number one factor instead of money. These findings could potentially lead to future research.

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extracurricular activities, extracurricular activity benefits, parental influences, activities, programs, income


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies (FAHCS)

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Factors Preventing Parents from Enrolling Young Children in Extracurricular Activities