Analytical psychodrama with college students suffering from mental health problems: Preliminary outcomes

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Roberta Biolcati *
Francesca Agostini
Giacomo Mancini
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The aim of this work was to assess the therapeutic efficacy of analytical psychodrama groups for college students with psychological problems. Analytical psychodrama, as a form of group psychotherapy, is an integral part of the program of treatment of young adults in the Counselling Center of the University of Bologna, which provides a free service for its students, aimed at delivering psychological support. Thirty patients (22 females) from 20 to 26 years old (mean age 22.33, standard deviation±1.75), suffering from mental health problems, who completed one year of psychodrama, were assessed before and after group psychotherapy. The Italian validation of Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation – Outcome Measure was used as test-retest questionnaire for clinical outcome evaluation. The results demonstrated the efficacy of the treatment in terms of symptom decrease and improvement of patients’ well being. After the treatment (40 sessions, once a week), patients showed a statistically significant reduction in clinical outcomes scores compared with pre-treatment scores. Moreover, the analyses of Reliable and Clinical Significant Change index showed that about 30% of patients improved, and this improvement was reliable and/or clinically significant. Our preliminary findings revealed that analytical psychodrama is a suitable treatment for college students, as it actually reduces young adults’ symptoms. These results contribute to the topic of the validity of psychodrama interventions to encourage research regarding the specific psychotherapeutic effects of its method.

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Author Biographies

Roberta Biolcati, Department of Education, Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna

PhD Researcher

Department of Education

Francesca Agostini, Department of Psychology, Alma Mater Studiorum- University of Bologna

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

Giacomo Mancini, Department of Education, Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna

PhD Junior Researcher

Department of Education