Grief is a natural process that a person undergoes when his/her close relative died. In the past years, there were few researches and interventions conducted regarding the mourning of the adolescents. This study focused on using Group Movie Therapy (GMT) to reduce the intensity of grief experienced by adolescent girls ages 17-19. There were 24 adolescent girls who participated in this study.
Movie Therapy (MT) is a contemporary form of bibliotherapy. It can be used as a stand-alone intervention that uses music, imagery, symbols, metaphors, and dialogues as stimuli for discussion in the therapy. This study employed group therapy among adolescent girls so that they can acquire new coping strategies by modeling after the main character in the movie Elina.
The results of the study accentuated the enduring effectiveness of GMT in grieving adolescent girls. The participants gained insight through group discussion, they modeled the coping behavior of the main character of the movie (Elina), and they released emotional catharsis which helped cognitive processing and the peer support enhanced learning of the participants in their bereavement coping skills.
Jennifer Francia P. Villanueva, RPm
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