Psychologists' use of motion pictures in clinical practice

Georgios K. Lampropoulos, Nikolaos Kazantzis, Frank P. Deane

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Do professional psychologists use motion pictures in clinical practice? If so, do they consider motion pictures to have therapeutic value? Of 827 licensed practicing psychologists, 67% reported the use of motion pictures to promote therapy gains. Most of these practitioners (88%) considered the use of motion pictures as effective in promoting treatment outcome, and only a minority (1%) reported them as potentially harmful. Compared with their psychodynamic counterparts, therapists practicing within eclectic-integrative, cognitive-behavioral, or humanistic frameworks were more likely to view or use motion pictures as therapeutic tools. Psychologists provided individual evaluations of 27 motion pictures that deal with a variety of mental health subjects, and overall they were characterized as "moderately helpful." Clinical applications and issues pertaining to using motion pictures in therapy are summarized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-541
Number of pages7
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes

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