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Process drama and sex education: Advocating for drama-based components of adolescent health initiatives

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There is a rich history of applied theatre techniques being used in health education in many areas, including adolescent sex education. Theatrical intervention may take a number of forms and has been implemented around the world by schools, theatre companies, social service agencies and non-governmental organizations. This article will examine the structure of theatrical sex education interventions over the past twenty years and put forth an argument for bringing process drama to the forefront as a way to change attitudes and beliefs around sexuality.

Keywords: TIE; adolescent sexuality; drama; health; sex education; theatre

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: New York University

Publication date: August 22, 2011

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  • The Journal of Applied Arts and Health serves a wide community of artists, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers evidencing the effectiveness of the interdisciplinary use of arts in health and arts for health. It provides a forum for the publication and debate within an interdisciplinary field of arts in healthcare and health promotion. The journal defines 'health' broadly which includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, occupational, social and community health.
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