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Life Skills and Adolescence

TG Mural 
Life Skill
Adolescence is a maturity period of development and adolescents are considered as the productive members of a society. Now a days the life of adolescents are flattering miserable due to many reasons including unsuitable home and school environment. They are becoming individuals who are less stimulated, less confident and are engaging in rebellious activities and spoiling their valuable life. Adolescence is a period when the cerebral, physical and all the capabilities are very high but their antisocial activities and performance are deteriorating all their capabilities and they are becoming a burden to the society. Imparting life skill training through inculcating life skill education will help our adolescents to overcome such difficulties in life. Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life (WHO, 1996). Life skill education aims to provide students with strategies to make healthy choices that contribute to a meaningful life. Life skills are the abilities that help to promote psychological well being and ability in young people as they face the realities of life. It helps the young people to take positive actions to protect themselves and to promote health and meaningful social relationship. Life skill facilitates a complete and integrated development of individuals to function effectively as social beings. Life skills can be applied in the contexts of social and health events. With life skills, one is able to explore alternatives, weigh pros and cons and make rational decisions in solving each problem or issue as it arises. It also entails being able to establish productive interpersonal relationships with others. Developing life skills helps adolescents in translating knowledge, attitude and values into healthy behavior that makes their life fruitful. Life skills also help in empowering girls by imparting healthy behavior and helping them to avoid risks and to make appropriate decisions at the right time.
With Regards
Dr. Nitasha Bali

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