ERIC Number: ED043055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Present Status of Psychodramatic Research.
Two major trends in psychodramatic research during the last 10 years are delineated: (1) evaluating its effectiveness as a form of therapy; and (2) varying the communications process via role playing to produce attitude change. Examples of both are given. The author concludes that findings to date may well dissatisfy the practicing psychodramatist and sugests that possibly the wrong research questions have been asked. The focus must be on more limited aspects of the psychodramatic process, if valid and productive scientific research is to take place. Several possible studies are suggested which are pertinent to psychodrama and which could be carried out with validity in respect to scientific criteria. Special emphasis is placed on a basic issue which the author views as having been almost totally ignored, viz., whether the spontaneity state actually exists. This is a question of examining the process as distinguished from the ends which can be achieved. The paper concludes by urging a renaissance of relevant psychodramatic research. (TL)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Geneseo. Coll. at Geneseo.; American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention in Miami Beach, Florida, September 3-8, 1970