Publication Date

Fall 11-12-2021

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


The purpose of my study is to determine the effect that extracurricular involvement has on those who identify as mentally unhealthy at the University of San Diego. Extracurricular activities consist of those pursued in addition to the normal course of study (music, intramural sports, drama, etc.). Several studies have shown a rise in mental health issues on college campuses today. Using Astin’s Theory of Involvement, I would like to determine at what levels of involvement do students find their mental health positively changing, and how in my position as the Graduate Assistant for Student Activities and Involvement can I best utilize this information. I hope that my research will result in the development of a method to improve student’s mental health through a suggested level of involvement and engagement outside of the classroom.