Educational or Curriculum

Life Skills Training

Initiative Description: A universal drug abuse preventive intervention. , called Life Skills Training (LST), teaches drug resistance skills, norms against substance use, and material designed to facilitate the development of important personal and social skills. The intervention teaches students a variety of cognitive–behavioral skills for building self-esteem, resisting advertising, managing anxiety, communicating effectively, developing personal relationships, and asserting one’s rights. The process included group discussion, demonstration, modeling, behavioral rehearsal, feedback and reinforcement, and behavioral “homework assignments for out-of-class practice.

Study Results: Decreased substance use.

Reference: Griffin, K. W., Botvin, G. J., Nichols, T. R., & Doyle, M. M. (2003). Effectiveness of a universal drug abuse prevention approach for youth at high risk for substance use initiation. Preventive Medicine, 36(1), 1–7.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good