Cinematherapy for alcohol dependent patients

Pur, İpek Güzide
The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of the cinematherapy technique on the treatment of alcohol dependent patients. In terms of change, selfefficacy, decisional balance and motivation levels of participants were examined. 94 alcoholic patients from a state hospital, and 14 members of Alcoholics Anonymous’ Istanbul groups participated in the study. Participants were either inpatients in the dependence treatment center, or alcohol dependent patients who had been clean and sober for various periods of time. The cinematherapy technique was applied as an adjunct to alcohol dependence treatment. It included the presentation of a movie with an alcohol dependence theme followed by an elaboration session. Participants in the experimental group received two sessions of cinematherapy. On the other hand, control group A participants watched one movie unrelated with alcohol dependence. It was followed by an elaboration session with a non-alcoholic theme. Control group B participants watched two movies unrelated with alcohol dependence. Any elaboration session was not made with control group B participants. Decisional balance, self-efficacy, treatment motivation and stages of change were used as the main outcome measures in the pre-treatment and posttreatment assessments. Since the experimental and control groups sample sizes were small, non-parametric tests were used in data analysis. According to results, cons of alcohol and self-efficacy increased for the overall sample after cinematherapy sessions. In addition, the cinematherapy group showed higher identification than the control groups. Stages of change differences were gained for pros of alcohol use and self-efficacy in line with literature.


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Citation Formats
İ. G. Pur, “Cinematherapy for alcohol dependent patients,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2009.