Life Skills

Life skills are the abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. (WHO, 1997) Developing children's and young people's personal and social skills, their confidence and competence, and their ability to be able to make positive and healthy choices can contribute to helping prevent drug misuse. Knowledge and information are important but on their own do not necessarily change behaviour. It is the values, attitudes and most importantly the "skills" they possess that will enable them to practice prevention in their behaviour. As with most things in life it is impossible to achieve without the necessary skills - this is also true for the area of health related behaviour.

See also: Life Skills Education