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Title: Pliable and Playable : Drama Therapy, Women’s Narratives and Childhood Sexual Abuse
Authors: Gopalakrishna, Maitri
Keywords: Shubhada Maitra
School of Social Work
Childhood Sexual Abuse - India
Issue Date: 2018
Abstract: Childhood sexual abuse [CSA] in India is a widespread phenomenon. Research on CSA in India thus far has largely focused on establishing prevalence. There is a paucity of research in the area of CSA dynamics, correlated factors, impact and interventions in the Indian context. Interventions research in India is particularly meagre, which deeply limits our ability to effectively prevent CSA and therapeutically support those who have been abused as children. This study addresses this gap. This is a qualitative practice- research study on drama therapy [DT] group work with adult women who are working through residual aspects of their childhood sexual experiences. The study is located within a feminist theoretical framework and also draws on theoretical conceptualizations from DT, theatre of the oppressed and narrative approaches. In DT, theatre methods and processes are intentionally and systematically used to achieve therapeutic goals. The objective of the study is to understand if and how CSA found its way into participants’ current lives, how that transformed through the DT intervention and therefore, what aspects of the process was powerful. The study also looked into the ways in which my process (as the researcher- facilitator) intersected with that of the participants and the study. This study occurred in two phases. The first was a DT group process and the second phase comprised the creation and performing of a play to a public audience. The study utilized multiple methods and tools of data collection including in- depth interviews, aesthetic material created by participants and myself, notes on the dramatic process, participants’ and my reflections and documented audience responses. Data was analysed by conducting thematic analysis using a narrative- discursive approach. In addition, a process of participatory arts- based analysis was undertaken to develop a 60- minute theatre piece called “Positively Shameless”. T his study arrived at a nuanced understanding of variations in how past CSA experiences can be “held” in the present and consequently what “healing” means. It suggests a departure from the discourses of both victimhood and survivorhood and offers a methodological a pproach that can facilitate this kind of healing. Based on the findings of the study, I also make a case for reimagining what the prevention of childhood sexual abuse would entail.
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