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Sneddon, Helga (2015) LifeSkills substance misuse prevention programme: evaluation of implementation and outcomes in the UK. Ilford: Barnardos.

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The LifeSkills Training Programme is a structured evidence-based prevention and early intervention programme, which prevents smoking, alcohol and substance use by young people. It is delivered to groups of children aged between 8 and 14 in schools or in the community. It targets the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance misuse and other risky behaviours.

LifeSkills has three main components:

  • Personal competence (self-management skills). This helps students with problem-solving, decision-making skills, critical thinking and how to
  • regulate their emotions
  • Social competence. This involves teaching students how to communicate clearly, make friends and develop healthy relationships
  • Drug resistance training to help youth develop strategies for resisting peer pressure.

Students are also equipped with information about drug prevalence, the consequences of using psychoactive substances, resisting advertising and other media pressures and ways they can help their peers to resist using tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

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