The Info List - Life Skills

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LIFE SKILLS are abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable humans to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life. The concept is also called psychosocial competency. The subject varies greatly depending on social norms and community expectations but skills that functions for well-being and aid individuals to develop into active and productive members of their communities are considered as life skills.


* 1 Enumeration and categorization

* 1.1 Life skills

* 2 Parenting: a venue of life skills nourishment * 3 Models: behavior prevention vs. positive development * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 Further reading


Evaluation Office suggests that "there is no definitive list" of psychosocial skills; nevertheless UNICEF
enumerates psychosocial and interpersonal skills are generally well being oriented and essential alongside literacy and numeracy skills. Since it changes its meaning from culture to culture and life positions, it is considered as a concept that is elastic in nature. But UNICEF acknowledges Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) identified social and emotional life skills. Life skills are a product of synthesis: many skills are developed simultaneously by and in practice, like humor - Humor
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* Decision making
Decision making
* Problem solving * Creative thinking /lateral thinking * Critical thinking /perspicacity * Effective communication * Interpersonal relationships * Self awareness /mindfulness * Assertiveness * Empathy
* Equanimity * Coping with stress, trauma and loss * Resilience

Life skills curricula designed for K-12 often emphasize communications and practical skills needed for successful independent living as well as for developmental-disabilities/special-education students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP).


Life skills are often taught in the domain of parenting , either indirectly through the observation and experience of the child, or directly with the purpose of teaching a specific skill. Parenting itself can be considered as a set of life skills which can be taught or comes natural to a person. Educating a person in skills for dealing with pregnancy and parenting can also coincide with additional life skills development for the child and enable the parents to guide their children in adulthood.

Many life skills programs are offered when traditional family structures and healthy relationships have broken down, whether due to parental lapses, divorce or due to issues with the children (such as substance abuse or other risky behavior). For example, the International Labour Organization
International Labour Organization
is teaching life skills to ex-child laborers and at-risk children in Indonesia to help them avoid and to recover from worst forms of child abuse .


While certain life skills programs focus on teaching the prevention of certain behaviors, they can be relatively ineffective. Based upon their research, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
advocates the theory of Positive Youth Development
Positive Youth Development
(PYD) as a replacement for the less effective prevention programs. PYD focuses on the strengths of an individual as opposed to the older decrepit models which tend to focus on the "potential" weaknesses that have yet to be shown. The Family and Youth Services Bureau has found that individuals who were trained in life skills by positive development model identified themselves with a greater sense of confidence, usefulness, sensitivity and openness rather than that of preventive model.


* Attitude * Emotional intelligence * Emotional literacy * Emotional self-regulation * Gelotology
* Impermanence * Kindness * Moral development
Moral development
* People skills * Personal boundaries * Positive psychology
Positive psychology
* Social intelligence * Social skills * Soft skills * Study skills
Study skills
* Hope theory * Theory of multiple intelligences * Vocational skills * Life skills-based education * RULER


* ^ Life Skills Education for Children and Adolescents in Schools, World Health Organization , 1997 * ^ Best Thomas - A study on stress and its correlatives with family environment. * ^ "Global evaluation of life skills education programmes" (PDF). http://www.unicef.org (Evaluation Report). New York: United Nations Children’s Fund. August 2012. p. 9. Retrieved 2014-09-02. While there has been convergence on what the broad groups of core psychosocial skills might be, there is no definitive list or categorization of the skills involved and how they might relate to one another. External link in website= (help ) * ^ http://casel.org/why-it-matters/what-is-sel/skills-competencies * ^ http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/tc/humor-therapy-topic-overview * ^ " UNICEF
- Search Results". unicef.org. Retrieved 2015-10-20. * ^ USA Funds Life Skills Archived 2011-03-17 at the Wayback Machine . * ^ Partners in Life Skills Education, World Health Organization , 1999 * ^ "Puget Sound ESD – excellence & equity in education Pre-K-12 Life Skills Curriculum Guide". psesd.org. Retrieved 2015-10-20.