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Developing life skills in youth


Malti, T (2011). Developing life skills in youth. In: Malti, T; Hanbury, C. The Jacobs Foundation guideline on monitoring and evaluating life skills for youth development. Volume 1: The guidelines. Zürich: Jacobs Foundation, 8-23.

Abstract

Life skills help young people navigate the
challenges of everyday life. They enable them to
develop into healthy, responsible, and productive
adults. Adolescent life skills are central to
psychological theories that aim to understand
how skills and competencies develop. From a
practical standpoint, the promotion of life skills
has been identified as a key resource for enhancing
positive and productive development in
youth. This chapter gives an introduction to the
development of life skills in youth. After providing
a working definition of life skills, four core
dimensions of life skills are identified, and examples
for each dimension are provided. Next,
major life skill frameworks for youth development
are outlined. These frameworks include
the Positive Youth Development framework and
the Developmental Risk and Resiliency framework.
Finally, implications for the monitoring and
evaluation of intervention programs are elaborated.

Life skills help young people navigate the
challenges of everyday life. They enable them to
develop into healthy, responsible, and productive
adults. Adolescent life skills are central to
psychological theories that aim to understand
how skills and competencies develop. From a
practical standpoint, the promotion of life skills
has been identified as a key resource for enhancing
positive and productive development in
youth. This chapter gives an introduction to the
development of life skills in youth. After providing
a working definition of life skills, four core
dimensions of life skills are identified, and examples
for each dimension are provided. Next,
major life skill frameworks for youth development
are outlined. These frameworks include
the Positive Youth Development framework and
the Developmental Risk and Resiliency framework.
Finally, implications for the monitoring and
evaluation of intervention programs are elaborated.

Additional indexing

Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:10 Jan 2012 09:43
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:14
Publisher:Jacobs Foundation
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.jacobsfoundation.org/cms/fileadmin/jacobs/monitoring/Jacobs_ME_Guideline_e.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.jacobsfoundation.org (Organisation)

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