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Botvins Lifeskills Training Program

The Botvins Lifeskills Training Program is a comprehensive and exciting program that provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. Developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, a leading prevention expert, LST is backed by over 30 scientific studies and is recognized as a Model or Exemplary program by an array of government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. The Botvin LifeSkills Training Program (LST) is FREE for Delaware students 8-14 years old. Our trained instructors cover topics such as Tobacco, Drug, & Alcohol Prevention, Assertiveness, Anger Management, Self-Image, and Communication Skills.  The middle school students that participate take a pre/post questionnaire.  The questionnaire summaries are prepared by National Health Promotion Associates, Inc. and show the students anti-drug knowledge, relaxation knowledge, social skills knowledge, advertising knowledge, communication knowledge, smoking attitudes, drinking attitudes, drug refusal skills and life skills use.

The following highlights were noted for this program:modelplus.png

Drug Refusal Skills post-test indicated:

98% of students said that they would say “no” when someone tries to get you to smoke a cigarette

98% of students said that they would say “no” when someone tries to get you to smoke marijuana or hashish

98% of students said that they would say “no” when someone tries to get you to use cocaine or other drugs

95% of students said that they would say “no” when someone tries to get you to drink beer, wine, or liquor

95% of students said that they would say “no” when someone tries to get you to sniff glue, paint, gas, or other things to get you high

Life Skills post-test indicated:    

79% of students would tell someone if they give you less change (money) than you’re supposed to get back after you pay for something

75% of students said I stick to what I am doing until I am finished with it

72% of students said they would tell someone to go to the end of the line if they cut in line ahead of them

56% of students indicated that they would say “no” to someone who ask to borrow money from you

Anti-Drug Knowledge post-test indicated:

93% of students indicated they learned that Marijuana smoking decreases your eyesight

90% of students learned that smoking can affect the steadiness of your hands

89% of students learned that smoking reduces a person’s endurance for physical activity

82% of students learned that a stimulant is a chemical that speeds up the body

Communication Knowledge post-test indicated:

80% of students learned that you can avoid misunderstandings by not assuming the other person knows what you mean

80% of students learned that effective communication is when both sender and receiver interpret a message in the same way

For more information please contact Lindsay Hughes, lgooden@udel.edu or 302-856-7303.

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