Health wise South Africa: Development of a life skills curriculum for young adults

Linda Caldwell, Edward Smith, Lisa Wegner, Tania Vergnani, Elias Mpofu, Alan J. Flisher, Catherine Mathews

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The purpose of this paper is to describe the development of an international collaborative effort that aims to reduce risky behavior (e.g., substance use, risky sexual behavior) that leads to outcomes such as HIV/AIDs, pregnancy, and addictions among a sample of South African youth. Because many of these risky behaviors occur in free time, a major part of the effort was leisure education to promote positive use of free time. The program described has been pilot tested and is currently underway as a larger-scale, randomized trial in the Province of the Western Cape in South Africa. This paper describes the conceptualization and revision of the HealthWise curriculum, working with the Western Cape Education Department, and the on-going randomized trial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-17
Number of pages14
JournalWorld Leisure Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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