Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The efficacy of transpersonal dream work in brief psychotherapy
by Ontiveros, Deborah M., Ph.D., Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2014, 155; 3645151
Abstract (Summary)

Little research has been conducted examining the use of dream interpretation in brief psychotherapy. This study examined the efficacy of transpersonal dream interpretation methods taught in a brief workshop. A mixed-method, control-group design was used. Participants included male and female Americans of European, Hispanic and Asian descent. The mean age of participants was 39.5 with most having some college education. Quantitative data was collected using the Outcome Measures 30 (OQ30), the State of Hope Scale (SHS), and the Gains from Dream Session Questionnaire (GDSQ). Qualitative data was collected through semi-structured interview questions and thematic analysis of participant dream journals. Repeated measures ANOVAs conducted on the OQ30 failed to demonstrate significant improvements within the dream work group compared to the control group. A paired sample t test failed to demonstrate measurable improvement within the dream work group compared to the control group. Participants noted some improvement in their responses to the GDSQ. The qualitative data collected indicated, based on subjective participant commentaries, that the dream work was considered useful by most of the workshop participants. Implications for further research are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hartelius, Glenn
Commitee: Deslauriers, Daniel, Friedman, Harris
School: Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Department: Global Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Psychology, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Brief psychotherapy, Dream interpretation, Dreams, Transpersonal dream work, Transpersonal psychology
Publication Number: 3645151
ISBN: 978-1-321-33781-5
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