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Life skills need assessment in female high school students in Jahrom from the viewpoints of students, parents and teachers (2009-10)

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Author(s): Mahnaz Solhi | Maryam Sahrayyan | Hamid Haghani | Shiva Beagizadeh

Journal: Journal of Jahrom University of Medical Sciences
ISSN 2008-7993

Volume: 8;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 41;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Life Skills | Needs Assessment | Priority Selection | High School Students

ABSTRACT
Introduction:To have a successful life, functional life skills are essential. However, in educational systems, there is not enough time for the realization of all the needs. One of the most fundamental goals of needs assessment activities is to identify the needs and goals and their importance for practical applications. The main purpose of this study was to determine the priorities of life skills for high school girls in the third grade, to design more desirable educational programs for them.Methods:In a descriptive study on the third grade students, teachers, advisors and parents, 200 subjects were selected through cluster sampling. The research instrument included three valid and reliable questionnaires in which there were 10 questions on the priorities of life skills.Results:Overall, life skill priorities from the viewpoint of all the subjects include self-awareness, decision making, effective communication, creative thinking, empathy, interpersonal relationship, coping with stress, problem solving, critical thinking, and coping with emotions. Of the 120 high school female students 7.56%, had not undergone any education on life skills.Conclusion:The priorities of life skills from the viewpoint of the three groups of third grade students, parents and teachers were different. More than half of the students (7.56%) had no education on the skills. Self- awareness, effective communication with others and decision making were identified as the first three priorities.
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