Educational or Curriculum

The Dutch “Skills for Life” program

Initiative Description: Skills for Life is a social emotional program that consists of a number of standard classes, plus three optional modules. Skills for Life consists of 23 classes. A class may be as long as a standard lesson (45 minutes) or be spread out across several lessons.

Study Results: There was a clearly positive effect on levels of alcohol consumption and a clearly negative effect on smoking across time. There was a mixed picture over time for suicide ideation and for bullying including sexual bullying (although the prevalence rates for bullying were low and thus results should be treated with caution). There were generally more positive impacts on students with lower educational levels including less suicidal ideation and less bullying.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars  Good