Kate Massey-Chase

Department: Drama/Humanities
Discipline: Drama
Research Centre/Unit: Performance, Science, Community

Project Summary

My research is positioned within the field of Applied Theatre and Arts & Health, and is examining what skills and capacities young people need to successfully manage the transition between Child & Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Services, and if/how my applied theatre practice could be of value in this context.

This transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) has been recognised as a key concern within health care, described as a ‘cliff edge’ by the House of Commons Health Committee (2014:4), ‘poorly planned, poorly executed and poorly experienced’ by the National Institute for Health Research (Singh et al. 2010:173), and in ‘need [of] greater attention’ by the Royal College of Nursing (2004:2). My research will examine if a model of Applied Drama practice, designed to provoke engagement and reflection, could build social and emotional capabilities in young people, crucial to this transition between services, such as empathy, confidence, resilience, self-expression and self-advocacy. 

There is a broad body of research on arts-in-health work specifically in mental health contexts (Bundy 2006, Hatton 2009, Ho & Richard 2010, Landy 2010, Neilson, King & Baker 2015, Orkibi 2010) and indeed in adolescent mental health contexts (Baldwin 2015, Rollins 2008); however, discourses on drama in mental health contexts and the transition between CAMHS and AMHS have not yet been brought together; this is the specific gap my research will fill. 

Supervisory Team

Dr. Kerrie Schaefer: http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/drama/staff/schaefer/ 

Dr. Teresa Murjas: https://www.reading.ac.uk/ftt/about/staff/t-s-murjas.aspx