Enhancing Awareness in Adolescents: A Qualitative Analysis of Saiyama Life Skills Intervention Model

Prerna Karulkar, Eesha Lavalekar and Sujata Gokhale
Jnana Prabodhini’s Institute of Psychology, Pune


Adolescence is a challenging period where individuals often battle mental health,
substance use and sexuality related issues frequently. In absence of proper training
and support they are likely to face long term emotional and behavioral challenges. The
purpose of this study is to analyze the impact of a life skills training model that focuses
on sexual health and substance abuse and increasing their self-regulation ability. The
intervention program was administered to the students of 8th, 9th and 10th standard.
This qualitative study analyzed 1745 feedback received from students. In order to
understand the educational implications of the model, the outcomes were compared with
the cognitive domains of Bloom’s taxonomy. Students performed well on Knowledge,
Understanding and Creation levels. Some new themes also emerged from the feedback
which showed attitudinal and behavioral changes in the students. Overall results of the
study showed a positive impact of this life skill model on students’ knowledge, awareness
and understanding of sexual health and addiction.r

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