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“AISLADOS” . Intervention Programs for the development of skills for life.

Quality level: 2


“AISLADOS” is a drug addiction program on the prevention of drug abuse and other risky behaviours, aimed at preadolescents and adolescents between 11 and 15. It has been created, drawn up and published by SIAD Association professionals under the supervision of the School of Social Work of the University Complutense of Madrid

Type of intervention:
Type of approach:
Target group:
children/young people
Age group:
the programme is aimed at preadolescents between 11 and 15.
Annual coverage:
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, process evaluation
Start date:
End date:

Overall objective

The object of our program is the adolescent’s acquisition of social, emotional and cognitive abilities and/or strategies to help him/her prevent risky behaviours in the sphere of addictions. Over the past years, researchers on drug addiction prevention have come to the conclusion that information in itself doesn’t prevent certain risky behaviours, and that it’s only the acquisition of personal instruments that can strengthen individuals in order to prevent certain problems. By risk factor we understand, a certain attribute and/or individual, situational or environmental characteristic that increases the possibility of developing risky behaviours (Clayton 1992). Likewise, a protection factor will be that which lessens the chance of developing such behaviours. Getting to know the risk and protection factors which make each individual, in his/her particular society, adequately face the problems typical of his/her evolutionary age, is key to consider attainable goals pertaining to the prevention of problem behaviours. The reduction of individual risk factors is the theoretical frame known as skills for life, which aims to strengthen the adolescents’ protection factors, by favouring an efficient transition to adulthood, as well as the adoption of adequate behaviours and attitudes. According to this approach, we can classify the skills for life, objective of this educational material, into: Mental or cognitive Social or interpersonal Management of emotions.


“AISLADOS” is a drug addiction program on the prevention of drug abuse (and other risky behaviours), aimed at preadolescents, which uses a methodology based on role playing, where active learning, learning by trial and error and group negotiations are essential. The player, through a line of discussion, makes decisions and interacts with other players, and puts himself/ herself in such character’s place and pretends to be himself/herself. It is based on a theoretical frame known as Skills for Life, which aims at reducing individual risk factors, by favouring an efficient transition to adulthood, as well as the adoption of adequate behaviours and attitudes.

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