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Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)
Print version ISSN 1413-294X
MURTA, Sheila Giardini et al. Primary prevention in health in adolescence: evaluation of a life skills program. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2009, vol.14, n.3, pp. 181-189. ISSN 1413-294X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-294X2009000300001.
This paper describes the process and results reached in a life skills program for 18 adolescents, from a non-clinical sample, with 12 to 14 years-old. Sixteen group sessions were done, based on a psycho-educational approach and group techniques. The process evaluation included diary measures of consumer satisfaction, practice of skills trained in the course of the intervention and support provided by the group. The process evaluation demonstrated that the participants felt satisfied with the program; practiced social skills, cognitive skills and stress management skills learned during the intervention; and demonstrated a sense of confidence in the group intervention. Follow-up interviews one year after the intervention conducted with the adolescents and their parents shown that the behavioral changes were maintained. The results suggest positive results from the intervention, but experimental studies will be necessary for robust conclusions on the effectiveness of this program.
Keywords : life skills; social skills; primary prevention; intervention study; process evaluation.