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Assessing drama therapy as an intervention for recovering substance users: A systematic review

Kewley, S and Leather, J Assessing drama therapy as an intervention for recovering substance users: A systematic review. Journal of Drug Issues. ISSN 0022-0426 (Accepted)

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Abstract

The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the quality and efficacy of drama therapy interventions used to support and promote the recovery process in substance users. Seven databases plus two journals were searched; three studies met the inclusion criteria. It was found that drama therapy interventions commonly consist of expressive activities such as role-play and improvisation, along with group reflection to improve communication skills, emotional awareness, and metacognition. Findings were encouraging with two studies reporting that participants maintained or improved abstinence goals; quality of life was reported to be significantly higher post-intervention compared to the control group (one study); and social and occupational engagement significantly improved post-intervention and was maintained at a six-week follow up (one study). These results however, should be interpreted with caution. Methodological inadequacies and the small number of published studies available, make it difficult to determine with confidence the efficacy of these interventions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health and Health Services, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Sage
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2019 09:12
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 09:16
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10504

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