Utilizing cinematherapy to improve relationship satisfaction : a qualitative study

Eğeci, İlke Sine
This study aimed to verify the propositions regarding the application procedures indicated in the cinematherapy literature. Moreover it was also aimed to frame the rationale of cinematherapy on a theoretical basis by integrating the procedures of cinematherapy intervention technique into Transtheoretical Model (Prochaska & Norcross, 2003) and to discover the mechanisms that the applications function through. Finally, it was also aimed to apply cinematherapy intervention technique to the domain of relationship problems. For this study, university students who were in an on-going relationship and were in need of professional help due to their relationship problems were included. Content analyses were conducted for reaching the aims of the study. According to these results, in viewing stage the four-stage process was not attained by all participants, while all stages, except catharsis, were reached in one movie during discussion stage. These results suggest that viewing alone does not induce change, but discussions lead to attaining the stages that would expected to induce change. Moreover, the results revealed that during movie discussions a three-phase process was followed; namely identification, awareness, and solution. Based on the results, it could be assumed that the first phase functions through projection processes; whereas the second phase functions through metaphors and the final stage functions as the projections resolved by using metaphors. Furthermore, according to the outcome monitoring results two participants were grouped in “meaningful outcome” category, three participants were grouped in “ambivalent outcome” category, and one participant was grouped in “negative outcome” category. The results were discussed in accordance with the Transtheoretical Model.
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İ. S. Eğeci, “ Utilizing cinematherapy to improve relationship satisfaction : a qualitative study,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2010.