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Life skills for adults - Shaping their personality
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by: Sujatha Venkatesh, Counseling Psychologist
Youth development is a process of mental, physical, social and emotional growth during which young people prepare to live a productive and satisfying life within the customs and regulations of their society. It is a very important period in one’s life which if properly nurtured will determine a bright future ahead. Therefore it is the responsibility of teachers, parents, counselors, educators etc. to help bring in effective changes if necessary in the individual through systematic training and guidance so that the individual becomes a well rounded personality and also successful in life. Here life skills play an important role in molding the individual.
What are life skills?
The World Health Organization has defined life skills as “the abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life”.
UNICEF defines life skills as “ a behavior change or behavior development approach designed to address a balance of three areas: Knowledge, attitude and skills”.
Thus in short, life skills are essentially those abilities that help promote mental well being and competence in young people as they face the realities of life.
Core Life skills strategies and techniques
UNICEF, UNESCO and WHO lists the ten core life skill strategies and techniques as:
The WHO categorized these core life skill strategies into three main components as:
Criteria for using Life skills
Advantages of life Skills
Thus teaching life skills to students is really essential as it helps in bringing and molding capable adults who eventually become effective leaders bringing laurels to the nation.
Contributor: Sujatha Venkatesh, Counseling Psychologist
Published here on: 22-Jan-07
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