Results of the UNODC - Lions Clubs International Foundation pilot "Skills for adolescence" programme presented at the European Union Society for Prevention Research annual meeting

22-24 October 2015, Ljubljana, Slovenia: UNODC in collaboration with the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has successfully piloted the Lions Quest "Skills for adolescence" programme in the Republic of Serbia in the period of September 2015 - June 2016 in 21 elementary schools in Belgrade. Following the implementation of this programme, informative data was collected as part of the monitoring process, that facilitated siring of interesting assessment on pilot project effectiveness, presented at the annual meeting of the European Society for Prevention Research (EU-SPR) in Slovenia.

The assessment of the UNODC - LCIF pilot Lions Quest "Skills for adolescence" programme was layed out in a form of a poster presentation which was well attended and raised significant interest. The assessment was executed using the pre-post test instrument measuring substance use and the following four indicators: refusal skills, normative belief, perception of harm and intention to use psychoactive substances. Main results of the assessment argued the significant improvement in refusal skills, especially among the groups who never tried the relevant substance (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana) where the perception of the harm of alcohol increased significantly.

This year's annual meeting of the EU-SPR was entitled "Changing Behavior without Talking: Automatic Processes and the Regulation of Behavior" and gathered vast number of scientists to present their work in the field of universal, selective and indicated prevention aimed at improving human health.