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ERIC Number: EJ1289897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1932-7528
Bringing Type 2 Diabetes to Theatre: Examining Appalachian Audience Reflections on "The Sugar Plays"
Wright, Kallia O.
Journal for Learning through the Arts, v16 n1 2020
The Sugar Plays are a family-focused health intervention. The goal of the play is to explore the experience of living with a Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) diagnosis in Appalachia. This present study examined audience reactions using three data-collection methods: (1) open-ended questionnaires, (2) participatory sketches and (3) semi-structured personal interviews. This qualitative analysis of 30 audience members who participated in all three methods found that they articulated lessons learned from the plays, evaluated the characters' behaviors, and engaged in reciprocal storytelling. The audience's reactions demonstrated that narrative telling is relational and that audiences were critically engaged in the process. The plays also helped health practitioners foster conversations about diabetes, the impact of intergenerational dietary habits, and the role of intergenerational buffers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio
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