Youth practitioners often select life skills as intentionally targeted program outcomes. While research findings suggest the efficacy of program experiences to positively influence a variety of life skills, it remains difficult to compare these findings due to measurement incongruities. Individual life skills (e.g., leadership, decision making, etc.) often lack standardized conceptualizations and measurement approaches. The purpose of the study reported here was to gather data about practitioners' perceptions of those life skill domains most in need of measurement development. Based on the results of the study, 10 life skill sub-domains are recommended for future measurement development efforts.
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Duerden, M. D., & Witt, P. A. (2011). Assessing the Need for the Development of Standardized Life Skills Measures. The Journal of Extension, 49(5), Article 21. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.49.05.21