The Psychosocial Impact of Capoeira for Refugee Children and Youth

Project report


Prytherch, Hannah and Kraft, K. 2015. The Psychosocial Impact of Capoeira for Refugee Children and Youth. University of East London, Centre for Social Justice and Change, and Capoeira4Refugees. doi:10.15123/PUB.4638
AuthorsPrytherch, Hannah and Kraft, K.
TypeProject report
Abstract

Capoeira4Refugees uses Capoeira as a psychosocial tool to promote well-being among
youth affected by conflict. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian craft that combines live music, sport,
dance, play, culture and history. This report evaluates the psychosocial impact of Capoeira in
relation to Capoeira4Refugees’ existing theory of change which purports that Capoeira leads
to improved psychosocial well-being through the development of five key domains: playfulness,
emotional stability, friendship, tolerance and inner strength. The evaluation draws on
data gathered as part of regular monitoring and evaluation activities from September 2013 to
May 2015, in Palestine and Syria. This includes focus group discussions with youth, Facebook
posts by youth, interviews with Capoeira trainers, school teachers and counsellors, and stories
of change written by trainers.
Results indicated that Capoeira4Refugees students did appear to be experiencing psychosocial
benefits through their engagement in Capoeira. Results were divided into four main
areas: the distinctive features of Capoeira, the societal challenges facing children in conflict,
the domains of psycho-social change, and the relationship between trainer and student.

Year2015
PublisherUniversity of East London, Centre for Social Justice and Change, and Capoeira4Refugees
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.15123/PUB.4638
Publication dates
PrintSep 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited24 Nov 2015
Copyright holderCapoeira4Refugees
Copyright information© 2015 Capoeira4Refugees
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-NC
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