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Persona non grata: A systematic review of de-roling in drama therapy

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This research examines the phenomenon of de-roling in drama therapy literature with respect to its purpose and application. A systematic review of the literature indicates that the purpose of de-roling relates to the following: transitioning away from an enactment, sharing and reflecting, letting go of a character or a negatively felt sensation, setting boundaries to create distance, and integrating to learn from and amalgamate character qualities. An exploration of the five outlined purposes reveals new ways to view de-roling therapeutically.
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Keywords: character separation; de-role; de-roling; drama therapy; integration; role boundaries; role transition

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2017-10-01

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  • Drama Therapy Review (DTR) is committed to documenting and disseminating drama therapy research, promoting scholarship about drama therapy theory and practice, encouraging interdisciplinary dialogue, and providing a forum for lively debate in the field. DTR profiles and critically reflects upon current and emerging practices involving the intentional and therapeutic uses of drama and performance in clinical, educational, community, organizational, and research contexts.
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