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J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Jul;19(7):607-12. doi: 10.1089/acm.2011.0623. Epub 2013 Feb 12.

Drama therapy and eating disorders: a historical perspective and an overview of a Bolognese project for adolescents.

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  • 1Child Neuropsychiatry Unit, Sant'Orsola Malpighi Hospital, Bologna University, Bologna, Italy.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The authors present a description of a theater workshop ("Metamorphosis Project"), developed at the Bologna Eating Disorders Center.

DESIGN:

The workshops are aimed at young, hospitalized patients, and are largely based on the principles of drama therapy. In this article, this therapeutic modality is introduced by a discussion of the theoretical basis for the use of theater in psychiatry from the points of view of several preeminent psychiatrists, including Freud, Winnicott, Klein, and Moreno.

RESULTS:

Three (3) clinical reports are presented. The satisfaction rate among the first groups of participants was 93%.

CONCLUSIONS:

It is suggested that theater can be useful in decreasing defense mechanisms, allowing a patient-focused approach, mitigating specific symptoms, and improving the quality of life during the hospital stay.

PMID:
23402668
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