Italian adolescents’ perception of tele-psychodrama treatment during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Gianmarco Biancalani, Hod Orkibi, Shoshi Keisari, Maria Silvia Guglielmin, Giuseppe Bertagna, Patrizia Meola, Davide Viezzoli, Nicoletta Finco, Ines Testoni

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Background: Psychodrama is an experiential group psychotherapy that is used to enhance adolescents’ wellbeing. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the adaptation of this method to an online setting Objective: This qualitative study investigated whether and how tele-psychodrama provides psychological support to adolescents, in order to better understand its strengths and weaknesses Participants: 14 adolescents from Northern and Central Italy Method: 14 interviews were conducted at the end of group tele-psychodrama treatment and were analysed with qualitative thematic analysis Results: Three themes were identified: (1) contribution of tele-psychodrama to adolescents’ well-being; (2) implementation of psychodrama to the online setting; and (3) (the) shortcomings of tele-psychodrama Conclusions: Despite the differences between online and in-person psychodrama, all the participants expressed their appreciation of group tele-psychodrama, which contributed to their overall psychological wellbeing and helped them process difficulties that emerged during the lockdowns.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalArts and Health
Early online date6 Dec 2022
StatePublished - Feb 2024

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  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Psychodrama
  • adolescents
  • online group setting
  • online psychological support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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