Exploring core processes facilitating therapeutic change in Dramatherapy: A grounded theory analysis of published case studies

Susan Cassidy*, Sue Turnbull, Andrew Gumley

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Limited research studies examining the core processes involved in facilitating change within Dramatherapy exist. Many papers rely on individual accounts of clinical work and, taken in isolation, potential contributions of these studies remain unrecognised. This research took a grounded theory approach to synthesise individual accounts of Dramatherapy in the literature in order to develop a theory of the core processes at work. A systematic review using an electronic and hand search of key journals identified published articles that contained 'thick' descriptions of Dramatherapy sessions. Grounded theory methodology was implemented to generate a theory of the core processes using a systematically applied set of methods linking analysis with data collection. Thirteen eligible papers were identified. The theory constructed from the data proposed a meta-processes model of change. These meta-processes included working in the 'here and now', 'establishing safety', 'working alongside' 'offering control and choice' and being 'actively involved'. The implications of the findings are discussed as are areas for development and future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-365
Number of pages13
JournalArts in Psychotherapy
Volume41
Issue number4
Early online date17 Jul 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • change processes
  • dramatherapy
  • grounded theory
  • systematic review

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