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"Roll Up and Spend Your Last Dime". The Merry-go-round of Children`s Extra-curricular Activities in Modern Society.

Townsend, Mardie and Murphy, Gabrielle 2001, "Roll Up and Spend Your Last Dime". The Merry-go-round of Children`s Extra-curricular Activities in Modern Society., ACHPER Healthy Lifestyles Journal, vol. 48, no. 3-4, pp. 10-13.

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Title "Roll Up and Spend Your Last Dime". The Merry-go-round of Children`s Extra-curricular Activities in Modern Society.
Author(s) Townsend, Mardie
Murphy, Gabrielle
Journal name ACHPER Healthy Lifestyles Journal
Volume number 48
Issue number 3-4
Start page 10
End page 13
Publisher Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc
Place of publication Hindmarsh, S. Aust.
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1445-8918
Summary "Step up and play" begins the famous hit song 'Penny Arcade'. And so it
was for thousands of Australian families, as their eldest child began school
this year, and the associated endless merry-go-round of extra-curricular
activities also began. But how many of those families realise that the song ends "Roll up and spend your last dime!"? While the perceived benefits of
children's involvement in extracurricular activities are many and are widely accepted, there are also costs, not only in terms of money but also in terms
of time. Evidence from a study conducted in Melbourne highlights the fact that, for many families such as those on low incomes and those headed by a single parent, both the time and the money costs may be prohibitive. This article highlights parents' perceptions of the benefits·and costs of children's extra-curricular activities, and explores the implications of changing family and household structures for families' capacity to sustain such activities.
Language eng
Field of Research 160301 Family and Household Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001148

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Health and Social Development
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