Revista de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 0124-0064
CHOQUE-LARRAURI, Raúl and CHIRINOS-CACERES, Jesús Luis. Determining the efficacy of a high-school life-skills' programme in Huancavelica, Peru. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2009, vol.11, n.2, pp.169-181. ISSN 0124-0064. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0124-00642009000200002.
Objective Determining the efficacy of a life-skills' programme within the context of a school health promotion programme using teenagers from a high-school in the district of Huancavelica, Peru during school year 2006. Methods This was non-equivalent experimental research with pre-test and post-test. The subjects consisted of 284 high school students. The variables analyzed were communication, self esteem, assertiveness, decision making, sex and age. Results There was a significant increase in the experimental group's communication and assertiveness skills' development. There were no significant differences in decision-making and self-esteem skills. Discussion The life-skills' programme was effective during one school year, especially in terms of learning and developing communication and assertiveness skills. However, self-esteem and decision-making skills did not present a statistically significance difference. Programme implementation must thus be redirected and the life-skills' programme should be implemented throughout all high-school years.
Keywords : Psychosocial aspects; education; training.