Refusal Skills

Refusal skills are a youth's own hip slick and cool way of saying 'no', 'pass', 'no thanks', 'I'm good'! Understanding the positive and negative power of peer influence is key to developing strong refusal skills that keep the brain on and developing.

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Crucial Conversations offers a video series from authors and experts who share tips and scripts to deal with specific situations.

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Can you say no? Take this quiz to find out how high your resistance to peer influence is.

Assess your confidence level in eight different situations that could tempt someone to engage in substance use or compulsive behavior.


Get information on building refusal skills from Rethinking Drinking, US Department of Health and Human Services.

Watch a video from Brain Games that illustrates the power of conformity and peer pressure.


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