Emancipatory ScholarshipSocial Justice Hearing Voices of Marginalized Girls Expressed in Theatre PerformanceLind, Candace PhD, RN; Prinsloo, Ian MFA; Wardle, Mary-Lynn MA; Pyrch, Timothy EdDAuthor Information Faculty of Nursing (Dr Lind), Faculty of Fine Arts (Mr Prinsloo), Faculty of Social Work (Dr Pyrch), University of Calgary, and West View Secondary, Calgary Board of Education (Ms Wardle), Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Correspondence: Candace Lind, PhD, RN, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, PF 2236, 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada ([email protected]). The authors thank the girls and staff of the open custody treatment group home who participated in this research project with us, and taught us so much. We extend our appreciation to the funders of this research project: The United Way of Calgary and Area, and the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. Advances in Nursing Science: July/September 2010 - Volume 33 - Issue 3 - p E12-E23 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3181eb4186 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief In this article we describe a research project studying the strengths of adolescent girls in an open custody treatment group home. Although the literature is replete with research about the deficits of girls in conflict with the law, their strengths are poorly understood and seldom researched. Understanding these girls’ strengths fulfills a nursing mandate to foster social justice by challenging the status quo of the prevailing social order. A theatre performance of the research findings resulted in a profound audience impact. Arts-based research and participatory action research offer new ways of accessing marginalized populations’ strengths and challenging harmful societal assumptions. In this article the authors describe a research project studying the strengths of adolescent girls in an open custody treatment group home. A theatre performance of the research findings resulted in a profound audience impact. Arts-based and participatory action research offer new ways of accessing marginalized populations' strengths and challenging harmful societal assumptions. www.advancesinnursingscience.com © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.