J Korean Neuropsychiatr Assoc.  1997 Mar;36(2):219-235.

Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama

  • 1Keyo Hospital, Uiwang, Korea.


In this paper, first of all we compared psychoanalysis with psychodrama by a historical point of view. Next, we reviewed group Psychotherapy generally and considered the position of psychodrama through the comparison with various types of soup psychotherapy On the basis of this consideration, we compared Yalom's group psychotherapy as a typical type of group psychotherapy with psychodrama. Lastly, we discussed the application of group psychotherapy and psychodrama to each other. Psychoanalysis, psychodrama, and group psychotherapy developed separately at similar times in different fields. finally, these three fields met with one another in the field of psychiatry. Each of these three fields changed itself as a result of absorbing various things from one another. Therefore, nowadays these fields became to have a close relation with one another. Psychodrama is in a position as a type of group psychotherapies, so it is important to understand group Psychotherapy generally for understanding Psychodrama. Psychodrama has similar aspects to other group psychotherapies, but also has different aspects from other group psychotherapies. When we understand these aspects, we can conduct therapeutic works effectively in practice. Psychodrama's methods can be applied to group psychotherapy and group psychotherapy's theories can applied to psychodrama. When psychodrama and group psychotherapy takes good points from the other side they can make progress.


Group psychotherapy; Psychodrama

MeSH Terms

Psychotherapy, Group*
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