The effects of a creative movement program on long-term incarcerated women

Michele Metz Brockway, Florida International University

Abstract

The Multicultural Communication Bridge Program, an ongoing project at the Broward Correctional Institution, utilizes creative movement, writing, and drawing as treatment modalities with long-term incarcerated women. This type of programming is new in the prison system thus literature and research supporting the outcomes with this population are lacking. Therefore, a qualitative study was conducted to determine the efficacy of the program. Nine inmates, who have been involved in the program for at least one year, were interviewed to gather information about their personal experiences as a result of their participation. Common themes that were noted include an increase in trust, the expression of emotions, an increase in self esteem, and an improvement in interactions with others. These attributes are believed to be beneficial to these women to ensure a successful community reintegration upon their release from prison. ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Rehabilitation and Therapy|Sociology, Criminology and Penology

Recommended Citation

Michele Metz Brockway, "The effects of a creative movement program on long-term incarcerated women" (January 1, 1997). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI1384257.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI1384257

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