Social Skill Development of Adults with Disabilities in a Community Drama Group

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Richardson, Jennifer E
adults; disability; drama; theatre; community; social skills; Educational Psychology; Special Education and Teaching
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This thesis investigates whether a community based drama group for adults with disabilities enhances their perceived social and personal development. A multiple-case study approach was used, with each member of the drama program being viewed as a single case. A final summary of the cases was then used to determine the overall effectiveness of the program. Included as participants for this study were: (a) drama group members, (b) parents/guardians, and (c) instructors of this drama program. Data collection included the use of standardized measures, questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, and observations for each case. The skills which participants improved on the most were initiating conversations, sharing ideas, speaking in front of others, making friends, and confidence. The skills for which there were some improvements were giving feedback, responding to criticism, and listening to/respecting the ideas of others. The skill for which there were no improvements was giving and receiving social invitations.