Significance of Psychosocial Competence in Youth

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Significance of Psychosocial Competence in Youth

Executive Summary
Stress is one of the top ten health concerns in adolescence and is getting worse. Adolescents experience many changes in their daily lives, however are not sufficiently equipped with skills to help them deal with the increased demands and stress they experience (World Health Organization, 1997). Psychosocial competence in youth was researched in order to better understand their abilities to make the best choice as related to mental, emotional, and physical challenges they experience. This report will examine the significance of psychosocial competence in adolescents, and its relationship to functioning effectively. Furthermore, research reviewed the encouragement of
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These types of responses can result in “personal drug and alcohol use, running away from home, prolonged sadness and crying, unusual impulsivity or recklessness or dramatic changes in personal habits” (Clarke, 2006). It is important that adolescents develop coping skills before stress results in negative physical, mental, and cognitive outcomes (Terzian & Nguyen, 2010). Ultimately, the ability to understand the dynamics of stress and choose a healthy coping strategy is a fundamental role in an adolescent’s life. Most young people will develop and assume the responsibility for their stress, but evidence supports the significance of psychosocial competence and the advantages adolescents gain by having the skills to effectively face the interminable challenges they experience (Chandra, 2006).
Promotion of Psychosocial Competence through Life Skills Training
The most direct intervention for the promotion of psychosocial competence is enhancing a person’s life skills. Life skills teach individuals to translate knowledge, attitudes and values into actual abilities that help them deal with the demands and challenges of their everyday lives. Life skills for psychosocial competence in young people look at the generic and practical life skills in relation to common health and social problems (WHO, 1997). The methods used in teaching life skills to young people are active acquisitions,
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