The Life Skills Assessment Scale: Measuring life skills of disadvantaged children in the developing world

Fiona Kennedy1, David Pearson1, Lucy Brett-Taylor2, Vishal Talreja3
1National Health Service, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
2University of East London, United Kingdom
3Director, Dream a Dream NGO, Bengaluru, India, India
Cite this article:  Kennedy, F., Pearson, D., Brett-Taylor, L., & Talreja, V. (2014). The Life Skills Assessment Scale: Measuring life skills of disadvantaged children in the developing world. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 42, 197-210.

Volume 42 Issue 2 | e3518 | Published: March 2014 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2014.42.2.197

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Adversity, including malnutrition, has had irrefutable effects on child development and mental health. India, for example, has approximately 160 million children in poverty: The growth of up to 59% of rural and 48% of all children is stunted. Hundreds of thousands of nongov- ernmental organizations (NGOs) work with these disadvantaged children to increase their life skills and ameliorate effects of adversity. Yet a simple effective measure of program impact has remained elusive. We used observational data from 1,136 disadvantaged children aged 8 to 16 years to construct a simple 5-item impact assessment scale. Although the scale was developed in India, we envisage that it could be used with disadvantaged children worldwide.

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