Are We there Yet?:Using Theatre in Sexual Education: A Combinationaion of Academic and Theatre Groups

By Brenda Elizabeth Munro, Jan Selman, Shaniff Esmail and James Ponzetti, Jr..

Published by The Diversity Collection

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A theatre group, academics and a family life education group has joined together to help youth to make healthy decisions around sexual behaiovur. There is a continuing increase in teen pregnancies and multiple partnering leading to greater potential for the contraction of STIs and other related physical and emotional health risks. In response to this need a participatory play, “Are we there Yet?” and workshop were developed by the play-right Jane Heather, a community health group and Concrete Theatre. It was hoped that the play and workshop would assist students to make informed and appropriate decisions regarding sexual intentions and behaviors both short term and long term. To evaluate the effectiveness of Are We There Yet? a team of researchers and as variety of community organizations were brought together with mutual concerns and complementary skills. Findings suggest that the program was very affective for certain groups of youth and less affective for other youth. These findings will be discussed.

Keywords: Community Groups, Academic Groups and Family Life Eduacation Groups, Healthy Sexual Decisions, Youth

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.131-138. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 563.381KB).

Dr. Brenda Elizabeth Munro

Professor, Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Dr. Brenda Munro is a professor in the Department of Human Ecology. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of intimate relationships and youth at risk. Her current research projects include work with homeless youth and theatre the use of interactive theatre in working with youth who are thirteen to fourteen years old. Theoretical perspectives that have been applied in this research are identity development and attachment theory.

Dr. James Ponzetti, Jr.

Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Family Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

James J. Ponzetti, Jr., Ph.D., D.Min., C.F.L.E., C.C.F.E. is an Associate Professor of Family Studies in the School of Social Work and Family Studies at the University of British Columbia. In 2002, he became a Faculty Fellow of Green College, a center for advanced interdisciplinary scholarship at the University of British Columbia. He has previously served on the faculty at the University of New Mexico, Central Washington University and Western Illinois University. He founded and directed the Oregon Family Nurturing Center, Inc. before moving to UBC. As a Certified Family Life Educator in both Canada and the United States (C.C.F.E., Family Services Canada, and C.F.L.E., National Council on Family Relations), he is committed to the enhancement and promotion of family life education in Canada. He is currently involved in numerous research projects, such as premarital rituals, computers and family functioning, the use of theater in sexuality education, and marital preparation programs. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Teaching in Marriage and Family and the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, and regularly serves as a reviewer for several professional journals including Personal Relationships, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

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