Model Program

Life Skills Training (LST)

National Health Promotion Associates, Inc.
711 Westchester Avenue
White Plains, NY 10604

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Contact Information:
Elizabeth Gronewold
800.293.4969
lstinfo@nhpanet.com

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Elementary
Middle School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

LifeSkills Training (LST) is a three-year classroom-based tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse prevention program for upper elementary and middle/junior high school students. LST is designed to prevent early stages of substance use, particularly occasional or experimental use. It provides students with information and drug-resistance skills, teaches general self-management and social skills, and helps to reduce or prevent a variety of health-risk behaviors. Skills are taught in a series of classroom sessions using training techniques such as instruction, demonstration, feedback, reinforcement, and practice.

Program Descriptors Include:
Bullying/Violence, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk social behavior

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Clear social norms

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Teachers
Counselors

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

The results of over a dozen large-scale, long-term evaluations, experimental and quasi-experimental, consistently show that the LST program significantly reduces tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use. These studies further show that the program works with a diverse range of adolescents; produces results that are long-lasting; and is effective when taught by teachers, peer leaders, or health professionals. Ten Stronger effects were found for students in high implementation schools. Long-term follow-up results observed six years following the intervention show that LST students compared to control groups had: significantly lower tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use; lower multiple drug use; lower pack-a-day smoking; and decreased use of inhalants, narcotics, and hallucinogens.

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies