In any society, rapid change in social, moral, ethical and religious values demand changes in the life style of individuals. Such changes are inevitable and adolescents are most affected by these changes. Moreover, these changes interfere with physical, psychological and social health of adolescents, resulting in exposure, to high risk behavior. There is growing recognition that many adolescents are not sufficiently prepare to deal with the demands of the modern society. Today’s adolescents are exposed to more information and cultural alternatives than earlier period. To overcome such difficult, the adolescent need to acquire life skills. It is known that there remains a significant gap between adolescents having accurate information and its translation into behavior. Skill development is a key to facilitate this process of transforming information intohealthy behaviour. Many studies prove that life education improves desired behaviors among adolescents and also proved to be effectives in the prevention of substance abuse (Botvin et al.,1984; 1980; Pentz 1983); adolescents pregnancy (Zabin et al., 1986), the promotion of intelligence Gnzalez 1990), the prevention of bullying (Olweues 1990); improved teacher-student relationship(Parsons et al., 1988); improved academic performance (Weisberg et al., 1989),improved school attendance (Zabin et al., 1986); stress reduction (Ravindran 20100; improved self-esteem, self-confidence, social adjustment, emotional adjustment, empathy(Bharath and Kishore 2010 ;Yadav and Iqbal 2009); and improved problem solving skills and communication skills.
Prof. Dr. Bilal BİLGİN