Thesis Title

Developing self-understanding in adolescent boys through high school drama classes

Author

Kathleen Day

Date of Graduation

Spring 2002

Degree

Master of Arts in Theatre

Department

Theatre and Dance

Committee Chair

Robert Bradley

Subject Categories

Theatre and Performance Studies

Abstract

Boys suffer from a higher rate of violence, academic failure and covert depression. Better self-understanding is the first step in increasing emotional intelligence, and may be the best solution in improving boys' rate of success in all areas. High school drama classes can serve the important function of helping adolescent boys develop self-understanding. Students go through psychosocial steps to identity achievement such as social comparison and self-observation through active participation in drama class standards. The nature of the activities fits well into boys' natural learning style, leading them to explore areas in which they might not normally have opportunity. In this paper, I will review psychologists' findings regarding boys' socialization, developmental possibilities inherent in drama activities that benefit self-understanding, and how drama classes can and should be stuctured and led.

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© Kathleen Day

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