ERIC Number: ED383967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
The Social Decision Making and Life Skills Development Program: A Framework for Promoting Students' Social Competence and Life Skills and Preventing Violence, Substance Abuse and Related Problem Behaviors.
Elias, Maurice J.; Friedlander, Brian S.
Students today face many more choices than ever before. Increased levels of family stress leave children with more opportunity to exercise independence, while also providing them with greater frustration. This paper profiles a program that aims to help children (elementary through high school; alternative, public, and private schools; children with special needs; and parents) develop critical thinking skills by teaching them to calm down and re-organize themselves when they are under stress, to increase their understanding of social situations, to elaborate personally meaningful and prosocial goals, to consider alternative responses to situations and their consequences, to plan detailed strategies for reaching their goals, and to understand and accept social decisions for which there are no alternatives. Included are intervention strategies for high-risk youth and those receiving special education services, and a variety of preventive interventions in the areas of health promotion, conflict resolution, violence, and substance abuse prevention. A summary is provided of the program curriculum, as is a description of program objectives; an outline of the program's purpose; information on the services provided and the implementation period; characteristics of the site where the program was initiated; details on the target population; services provided; type of staff available and percentage of time devoted to the program; program costs and funding sources; problems encountered and solutions to these problems; a synopsis of program accomplishments/reported outcomes; and evaluation data. Contains a list of 12 publications describing/evaluating the program. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the "Safe Schools, Safe Students: A Collaborative Approach to Achieving Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools Conducive to Learning" Conference (Washington, DC, October 28-29, 1994).