Strengthening mental health in psycho-oncology and family practice: perceived social support and psychodrama group psychotherapy

Iren Akbiyik D., Soygur H., KARABULUT E.

ANADOLU PSIKIYATRI DERGISI-ANATOLIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, vol.13, no.3, pp.205-209, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.205-209
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: The increase in social support in cancer patients is important regarding protection of mental health. This research aims to evaluate the effect of psychodrama group therapy on the perceived social support in cancer patients. Methods: Breast cancer patients participated in psychodrama groups for two hours once in a week during 12 weeks period. The groups were preprogrammed to work on different issues such as illness education, coping abilities, family functions, sexuality. The scores of Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support obtained on the beginning of the groups, in the end of the 6th and 12th weeks were compared. Results: The perception of social support either from family, private person and friends significantly increased by psychodrama group therapy. It was seen that the patients with higher ages recorded higher increase in the scores of the 'friends' subscale. Discussion: Psychodrama is an effective method to increase social support perception in cancer patients. It should become widespread as an important method when planning preventive mental health services in psycho-oncology and family practice. (Anatolian Journal of Psychiatry 2012; 13:205-209)