Learning from Life Skills Programs in Drug Education

Life skills education is an interactive process of teaching and learning, which is being adopted around the world as a means to empower young people in challenging situations and is the recommended approach to children and young people’s personal, social and health development within formal and informal education settings.

In particular, life skills are a group of psychosocial competencies and interpersonal skills that help people make informed decisions, solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, build healthy relationships, empathize with others, and cope with and manage their lives in a healthy and productive manner.

1049036_10151688401005857_110993943_oThis paper focuses on two programs, LifeSkills Training and Unplugged, which have shown to be effective in RCTs at reducing drug use among young people. Many of the elements described below are shared with other programmes, but these two were chosen because of their strong evidence base. LifeSkills Training has been developed over three decades in the United States and is now widely used there. There are several programmes available. The elementary school and middle school programmes each take place over three years and are approximately equivalent to Key Stages 2 and 3 in the English and Welsh system. Shorter programmes are also available for older students.

Read the full paper here via LifeSkills Training: News Detail.

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