Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Media Studies

Reader 1

T. Kim Trang Tran

Reader 2

Carlin Wing

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Anxiety disorders are some of the most prevalent mental illnesses in the United States, and young adults have developed a variety of coping mechanisms to deal with their symptoms. One of the most common is escapism, or the act of escaping reality by delving into alternate stimuli, fantasies, or media content, but this often leads to social or emotional isolation. Cooperative roleplaying games, such as Dungeons and Dragons, can alleviate symptoms of anxiety disorders while facilitating social interaction through escapism, creative thinking, play, and community building. The companion piece to this paper, Reflections of Fate, is a D&D 5e quest specifically designed with challenges and storylines to further these potentially healing effects.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.