Jing Li, Dangyang Wang, Ziqiu Guo, Kun Li
Corrine E. Mertz
This study confirmed the researcher’s hypothesis that psychodrama is an effective treatment for adolescents who have experienced trauma. One of the most important things learned though this study is that psychodrama seeks to meet clients where they are in the recovery process, and that there are many ways a director can use psychodrama as a treatment. This fact, coupled with the individual focus, leads the researcher to believe that psychodrama is 62 an effective treatment for adolescents who have experienced trauma, when the director meets the adolescent where they are, and when the adolescent is willing to participate in the treatment.
The total number of participants in the studies was 642 people. Seven studies were conducted in Turkey, two in the USA, two in Finland, one in Canada, one in Brazil, one in Italy, and one in Iran. The heterogeneity of the issues analyzed indicates that psychodrama improves the symptoms associated with a wide range of problems. Despite psychodrama’s long history, most clinical trials in this field have been published this century, which suggests not only that this psychotherapeutic practice remains relevant today but also that it continues to attract substantial interest among the scientific community. Nevertheless, further research efforts are required to understand its potential benefits for psychosocial well-being.
Cheng-Shi Shiu, Editor
The database search and a hand search resulted in 31 psychodrama intervention publications. Overall, these studies examined the effects of psychodrama on more than 20 different outcomes and most studies had adult clients. The next largest group was adolescents, whereas only two studies involved children. Thus psychodrama intervention research in the last decade suggests there are promising results in all methodologies, and highlights the need to enhance methodological as well as reporting quality and to theorize and examine modality-specific mechanisms that lead to therapeutic change. Recommendations to improve methodology, transparency, and specificity in reporting future psychodrama and other psychotherapy research are discussed.