The Life Skills Assessment Scale: Norms for young people aged 17–19 and 20–22 years

David Pearson1, Fiona Kennedy1, Vishal Talreja2, Suchetha Bhat2, Katherine Newman-Taylor3
1National Health Service, United Kingdom
2Dream A Dream Nongovernmental Organization, Bengaluru, India
3Psychology Department, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Cite this article:  Pearson, D., Kennedy, F., Talreja, V., Bhat, S., & Newman-Taylor, K. (2020). The Life Skills Assessment Scale: Norms for young people aged 17–19 and 20–22 years. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 48(4), e8938.

Volume 48 Issue 4 | e8938 | Published: April 2020 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.8938

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Severe poverty, adversity, and malnutrition have irrefutable negative effects on the development and mental health of children and young people. The Life Skills Assessment Scale (LSAS), is a 5-item impact assessment scale developed in India, that provides a simple, yet valid and reliable, instrument to assess life skills of disadvantaged children and young people, with age norms of 8–16 years. In the present study, in Bengaluru, India, we used observational data obtained from 656 disadvantaged young people to extend the LSAS age norms to 17–19 and 20–22 years age groups, resulting in a simple, valid, and reliable assessment tool for children and young people aged from 8 to 22 years.

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