Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The dynamics of play in Developmental Transformations drama therapy sessions: A discovery-oriented psychotherapy process study to generate hypotheses about a possible relationship between therapeutic play and violent behavior
by Landers, Frederick L., Ph.D., Union Institute and University, 2010, 290; 3435849
Abstract (Summary)

In this discovery-oriented psychotherapy research study, hypotheses on the nature of therapeutic play in Developmental Transformations drama therapy sessions, and the possible relationship between this therapeutic play and violent behavior, are generated through the application of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's concept of deterritorialization to the analysis of three videotaped sessions from a single case. Developmental Transformations is a form of drama therapy in which client and therapist improvise scenes together incorporating movements, sounds, pretend objects, and roles. One of the hypotheses generated by the study is that interruptions in the repetition of patterns of play, whether initiated by the client or the therapist, may enhance the therapeutic relationship by approaching, but not exceeding, the client and therapist's unique threshold at the boundary of their mutual agreement to engage in play behavior together. Another hypothesis is that the resulting alternation between repetition and transformation of patterns of play during sessions may act as an essential ingredient that has the potential to deter violent behavior, which would hypothetically lack this alternation. This study may contribute hypotheses for later testing in studies of a possible deterrent effect of therapeutic play on violent behavior.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Suslak, Kenneth
School: Union Institute and University
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 72/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Theater, Clinical psychology, Criminology
Keywords: Aggression, Deleuze, Gilles, Developmental Transformations, Drama therapy, Juvenile delinquency, Play, Psychotherapy
Publication Number: 3435849
ISBN: 978-1-124-34512-3
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