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

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor's Name

Patricia J. Scott

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Leslie Neal

Third Advisor's Name

Laura LeCocq

Date of Defense



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.



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