The Impact of Creative Drama Training on Psychological States of Older Adults: An Exploratory Study


Barbara W. Davis

This 17-session drama workshop explored the benefits of creative drama as an art form for older adults. Participants’ verbal samples were content-analyzed to examine the changes in four psychological states: anxiety, hostility, hope and human relations. Observations showed reduced anxiety and hostility, but there were no definitive changes in hope or human relations. Davis’ study is a foundation for continued research in arts/humanities and social/behavioral sciences.