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A Thematic Analysis of the Experiences of Drama Therapy Patients

Baskerville, Christian William (2019) A Thematic Analysis of the Experiences of Drama Therapy Patients. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Although there is growing literature regarding dramatherapy, quantities currently remain limited. This is particularly true regarding the experiences of the client. This study therefore aims to explore the experiences of dramatherapy patients through a qualitative approach by utilising semi-structured interview techniques. In order to develop a detailed understanding of individuals experiences, six participants who ranged in age from 20-32 were recruited. This sample was selected using a combination of purposeful and chain referral sampling. Subsequent to interview conduction and transcription, Braun and Clarkes (2006) guide was implemented in the generation of a thematic analysis. Four themes were identified from the interview transcriptions: Preconceptions, Distinctiveness, Self-Discovery, and Personal Development. The findings from this study provide an insight into understanding and exploring experiences of dramatherapy from the client’s perspective. This study provides a foundation for future research in this field. This study also highlights strengths, limitations and scope for future research.

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