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Free Content Ethnodramatherapy applied in a project focusing on relationships in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities, especially romance, intimacy and sexuality

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This article reviews a six-month, collaborative, research project, sponsored by the Centre for the Arts in Human Development at Concordia University. The study investigated how ethnodramatherapy (EDT), a new method that integrates ethnodrama with drama therapy, could help adults with developmental disabilities (DD) to explore their lived experience of human relationships, including intimacy, romance and sexuality. EDT was used to create performance-based research on relationships, while also providing a supportive and therapeutic experience to group members. Results demonstrated the empowering effects of the participants expressing their authentic voice. Responses of the audience to a post-performance questionnaire were also analysed.
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Keywords: developmental disabilities; drama therapy; ethnodrama; ethnodramatherapy; human relationships; performance ethnography; research-based theatre; sexuality

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Centre for the Arts in Human Development, Concordia University 2: The Sedona Counselling Centre of Montreal 3: The Open Centre

Publication date: October 1, 2017

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