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ERIC Number: EJ950596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1277
A Research-Based Community Theater Performance to Promote Ageing: Is It More than Just a Show?
Feldman, Susan; Radermacher, Harriet; Lorains, Felicity; Haines, Terence
Educational Gerontology, v37 n10 p885-898 2011
Research-based community theater can address important life issues in a safe and entertaining environment. This study investigated using a theater performance about widowhood as a medium for facilitating older people's engagement with key life events and countering negative stereotypes. Quantitative questions incorporating semistructured qualitative sections were conducted with 29 older people from a group of 250 audience members who attended the performance. The majority of participants found the performance true to life, enjoyable, of high quality, and a useful learning tool. This study illustrates the potential for wider application of research-based community theater for promoting healthy ageing in older adults. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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