A pilot study on an analytic psychodrama group for cancer patients and family members

Authors

  • Francesca Alby
  • Giovanni Angelici
  • Stefania Picinotti
  • Cristina Zucchermaglio

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.13133/1974-4854/16668

Keywords:

cancer, psychodrama, group therapy, coping, Italy

Abstract

Drawing on semi-structured interviews, this exploratory study uses a qualitative content analysis to document the possible benefits of the analytic psychodrama group (APG) in cancer recovery, a topic currently under-investigated. These preliminary results show that group therapy started positive changes and coping processes for the participants in several areas. In particular participants find that APG helped them to increase self-awareness, express and share feelings, reduce fears, make decisions. Some APG devices are described as useful for developing intersubjectivity and empathy in social relations. Further studies involving larger samples of participants are needed to evaluate APG efficacy with this typology of participants.

Author Biographies

Francesca Alby

Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy.

Giovanni Angelici

SIPsA- Italian society of analytic psychodrama, Rome, Italy.
Coirag- Federation of Italian organizations for analytic research on groups, Rome, Italy.
ASL RM1, Rome, Italy.

Stefania Picinotti

SIPsA- Italian society of analytic psychodrama, Rome, Italy.
Coirag- Federation of Italian organizations for analytic research on groups, Rome, Italy.

Cristina Zucchermaglio

Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy.

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Published

2018-03-14

How to Cite

Alby, F., Angelici, G., Picinotti, S., & Zucchermaglio, C. (2018). A pilot study on an analytic psychodrama group for cancer patients and family members. Rassegna Di Psicologia, 34(1), 67–77. https://doi.org/10.13133/1974-4854/16668

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