The Botvin LifeSkills Training program is supported by over 20 published studies. The five most relevant studies are listed below; for a full list see Botvin Evaluation studies. Benefits of the program have not yet been evaluated in an Australian sample.
Botvin, G. J., Griffin, K. W., & Williams, C. (2015). Preventing Daily Substance Use among High School Students Using a Cognitive-Behavioral Competence Enhancement Approach. World Journal of Preventive Medicine, 3(3), 48-53.
Crowley, D., Jones, D. E., Coffman, D. L., Greenberg, M.T. (2014). Can We Build an Efficient Response to the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic? Assessing the Cost Effectiveness of Universal Prevention in the PROSPER Trial. Preventive Medicine, 62, 71-77.
Spoth, R., Trudeau, L., Redmond, C., & Shin, C. (2014). Replication RCT of early universal prevention effects on young adult substance misuse. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(6), 949-63.
Griffin, K. W., Samuolis, J., & Williams, C. (2011). Efficacy of a self-administered home-based parent intervention on parenting behaviors for preventing adolescent substance use. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20, 319-325.
Spoth, R. L., Randall, G., Trudeau, L., Shin, C., Redmond, C. (2008). Substance use outcomes 5 1/2 years past baseline for partnership-based, family school preventive interventions. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 96, 57-68.
An independent review of trials by Gorman (2011) found little evidence to support the effectiveness of the Life Skills Training program in reducing cannabis use. See the paper referenced below for full details.
Gorman, D. (2011). Does the Life Skills Training program reduce use of marijuana? Addiction Research & Theory, 19(5), 470-481.
Botvin LifeSkills Training received a two-star rating from the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) following their comprehensive systematic review of alcohol education programs.
Botvin LifeSkills Training is included in SAMSHA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (USA).
Page last reviewed: 8 November 2019.