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Does a five-day drama programme support men in prison to develop their self-confidence?

Brooks, E., 2023. Does a five-day drama programme support men in prison to develop their self-confidence? International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. (In Press)

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This paper evaluates an established five-day drama project, designed, and delivered by a professional company, aimed to support the development of self-confidence of seven men with a history of substance misuse in a category C prison. The project involved creation of a safe space, improvised role-play, development of communication skills, and exploration of substance misuse, culminating in a performance. Audience members included prison staff, governors, healthcare staff, and prisoners. A mixed method approach was used to evaluate the project. Participant’s pre and post project self-confidence and feelings of positivity were collated by a questionnaire compromising of closed questions and measured using a Likert scale. On the last day of the project qualitative interviews were conducted using open ended questions. The findings conclude that the use of drama can support development of self-confidence in men in prison. The project encouraged skills such as, commitment, communication, collaboration, and motivation enhancing the likelihood of rehabilitation and promoting crime abstinence. Further research with a larger sample size will identify if the changes the men experienced were statistically significant and maintained.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Prison; Drama; Substance misuse; Self-confidence; Rehabilitation
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:39043
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:04 Oct 2023 13:55
Last Modified:30 Nov 2023 10:18


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