Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Psychodrama in Family Therapy

  • Diana J. SemmelhackEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_191


Family sculpturing; J. Moreno; Psychodrama


Several writers have suggested that Jacob Moreno’s work in psychodrama has not received the recognition that it deserves for contributing to systems and family therapy (Perrot 1986). Compernolle (1981) states that, “Moreno is… a much overlooked pioneer in the field of family therapy” (p. 1). Many family therapists such as Nichols (1984) and Satir (1964) perceive there to be a direct relationship between psychodrama and family therapy. According to Perrot (1986), both family therapy and psychodrama recognize the reality and significance of a person’s social context. Both therapy systems have as their goal the changing of interpersonal relationships in a system.

Psychodrama was developed by Jacob Moreno more than 80 years ago (Siu Fung Chung 2013). Psychodrama is considered to be a form of therapy that brings about positive change in its participants through dramatization. Psychodrama offers a creative way for an...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Midwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jessica Rohlfing Pryor
    • 1
  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA