Assessing rehabilitative outcomes of a theater program in a Singapore prison

The Singapore Prison Service (SPS) enhance inmates’ employability with vocational and work place literacy programs. However, these do not specifically address the social and emotional development needed to help the rehabilitative process. The Theater Arts Program (TAP) offers performing arts as a means to improve, among other things, communication, self-confidence and teamwork. Assessments of these desired outcomes are in the form of the generalized self-efficacy scale (Schwarzer and Jerusalem 1995), a self-assessment and reflection form, written reflections as well as interviews. Results of these assessment methods show an overall improvement in participants’ language and socio-emotional skills.

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Author: Peggy Ferroa, Singapore Prison Service