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Attachment, distancing, and the working alliance in drama therapy

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This study investigates the interaction of attachment styles and drama therapy (DT) techniques at various levels of therapeutic distance during brief therapy. Five mothers with children diagnosed with psychiatric disorders participated in a DT support group. Mother attachment styles and their responses to DT techniques were assessed using the Relationships Scales Questionnaire (RSQ). Participants had insecure attachment styles and appeared to prefer an overdistanced approach. Therefore, attuning to client attachment styles may help drama therapists titrate distance and support the therapeutic process.
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Keywords: attachment; case study; day-treatment; distancing; drama therapy; working alliance

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: McGill University

Publication date: October 1, 2016

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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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