Integrating life-story work with drama therapy creates new opportunities for the psychological development of older adults. In this conceptual article we suggest five qualities of dramatic reality by which this integration can promote psychological development in old age: its ability (1) to evoke a story, (2) to bring together the personal and the collective, (3) to help in processing unfinished business, (4) to create an integrative view of the self and (5) to open the way to imagining the future. We illustrate each of the five qualities using vignettes from our previous research in the field and show how exploring the life stories of older adults through dramatic reality provides opportunities for active self-exploration in the ‘here and now’ of the group process in a way that goes beyond verbal life-story work.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by Ono Academic College - The School of Society and the Arts, Kiryat Ono, Israel.
This work was supported by Ono Academic College-The School of Society and the Arts, Kiryat Ono, Israel.
© 2021 Intellect Ltd Article. English language.
- drama therapy
- dramatic reality
- life stage development
- life-story work
- older adults
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Complementary and Manual Therapy
- Visual Arts and Performing Arts