An exploration of the processes that underlie change in dramatherapy: A grounded theory analysis

Cassidy, Susan (2013) An exploration of the processes that underlie change in dramatherapy: A grounded theory analysis. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Background: A number of core processes have been identified to be involved in Dramatherapy approaches and they are believed to be essential in effecting change (Jones 1996). However, limited research in this area highlights the need for a greater understanding of the therapeutic processes important in facilitating change. Aims: The study aims to investigate the core processes involved in change across dramatherapeutic approaches and models. Method: Seven dramatherapists and seven Dramatherapy clients were interviewed about their experiences of Dramatherapy. Using a grounded theory method a theoretical model emerged that identifies key processes involved in change. Results: Three core themes emerged from the data: working within a safe distance; being allowed and allowing self to play and try out new ways of being; actively creating and physically experiencing. Key change mechanisms were also discovered, these included: developing new awareness and finding a language to communicate. Discussion: Contributions and implications for practice are discussed in relation to the way in which change occurs, for example, new awareness can be seen in the context of increased reflective functioning and mind mindedness. Future research suggestions include further exploration of the key themes identified using a Delphi approach. Specific aspects of change such as a potential increase in reflective functioning after Dramatherapy also warrants further investigation. Key words: Dramatherapy; grounded theory; change processes; client perceptions.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Key words: Dramatherapy; grounded theory; change processes; client perceptions.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: Turnbull, Dr. Susan and Gumley, Professor Andrew
Date of Award: 2013
Depositing User: miss Cassidy Susan
Unique ID: glathesis:2013-4611
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 15:40
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2013 15:40
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/4611

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