DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS
The materials and the experience in the book come from a work created within the USL of Bologna, a service for teenagers who are 14-20 years old, to answer the needs related to the problems of adolescence. The text is divided into three parts: in the first one the “Life skills education” program and the role of the WHO Life skills in health promotion are showed and the project experienced in some middle schools is described. Life skills, defined as those social and relational skills that allow students to deal effectively with the demands of everyday life, by relating trustfully to themselves, to others and to the community. The second and the third part contain materials of work. The second part represents the manual for the teacher or for the operator who leads the project in the class. The third part shows the operations sheets for students: for each activation taken from the teachers’ manual there is a sheet for boys that represents the necessary support to do the job and make a reflection in order to carry on the experience through a reworked version that allows to integrate it.
COMMENTS ON THIS PUBLICATION
The term of Life Skills is referred to a range of cognitive , emotional, relational basic skills, which allow people to operate with competence on both the individual and the social sphere. In other words, these skills and abilities allow us to have a versatile and positive behavior, with which we can deal with the demands and the challenges of everyday life. The fundamental part of the Life Skills identified by the WHO ( World Health Organization ) consists of 10 skills: self-awareness, critical thinking, emotional control, stress control, empathy, creativity, critical sense , making good decisions, solving problems, effective communication, effective relationships . The life skills can then be taught to young people as skills that are acquired through learning and training, skills that, if acquired, can influence the emotional, cognitive and social sphere, in order to constitute the absolute prevention from antisocial and aggressive behaviors such as bullying.