Intimate partner violence prevention: using interactive drama for intimate relationship education with young people in Samoa

Heard, Emma, Fitzgerald, Lisa, Vaai, Sina, Whittaker, Maxine, Aiolupotea, Tonumaipe‘a J., Collins, Fiona, and Mutch, Allyson (2019) Intimate partner violence prevention: using interactive drama for intimate relationship education with young people in Samoa. Sex Education, 19 (6). pp. 691-705.

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Globally, young people experience physical, sexual and emotion abuse within their intimate relationships. There is a need to explore creative, participatory sexual and relationship education that provides spaces for critical reflection regarding gender norms and approaches within intimate relationships. This study explores an interactive theatre intervention aimed at uncovering and analysing social and cultural influences affecting experiences and approaches within intimate relationships among young people in Samoa. Focus groups were conducted with the audience before and after a public, interactive theatre production. Focus groups aimed to capture shifts in understandings and perceptions as well as overall experiences related to participating in the production. Post production, participants showed a deepened of understandings related to social and cultural factors influencing approaches and actions within intimate relationships. Participants engaged in dialogue around new possible approaches to initiating and maintaining intimate relationships free from violence. Embodied learning opportunities appeared to contribute to feelings of empowerment to try out new responses in everyday life. Study findings highlight a role for drama in intimate relationship education and advocate for the inclusion of intersectionality informed approaches that uncover diversity within a group and acknowledge interactions between individuals’ social position(s) within complex social and cultural contexts.

Item ID: 58124
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1472-0825
Keywords: Intimate partner violence; young people; intimate relationship education; drama; Samoa
Funders: National University of Samoa
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2019 23:49
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4516 Pacific Peoples health and wellbeing > 451620 Pacific Peoples youth and family @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420603 Health promotion @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 100%
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