A trauma-informed analysis of monologues constructed by military veterans in a theater-based treatment program

Alisha Ali, Stephan Wolfert, Jocelin E. McGovern, Jennifer Nguyen, Adam Aharoni

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Abstract

In this paper, we propose a treatment-derived qualitative strategy for examining written narratives created through therapeutic encounters in trauma-informed care. This investigation involves the analysis of ten trauma monologues written by military veterans participating in a treatment program that uses dramatic verse as its therapeutic foundation. Our analysis revealed that the veterans’ monologues presented primary traumas that were related to their decisions to join the military but that were themselves mostly non-military in nature. We argue that the analysis of dramatic verse used in a therapeutic context can contribute to our understanding of the role of trauma in psychological distress, as well as the role of earlier life trauma in precipitating subsequent traumatic events. We also argue that creative arts therapies can be extremely beneficial in treating the effects of trauma in military populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-273
Number of pages16
JournalQualitative Research in Psychology
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2020

Keywords

  • Arts-based treatment
  • military veterans
  • monologues
  • theater
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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