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[sahy-koh-drah-muh, -dram-uh, sahy-koh-drah-muh, -dram-uh] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈdrɑ mə, -ˈdræm ə, ˈsaɪ koʊˌdrɑ mə, -ˌdræm ə/
a method of group psychotherapy in which participants take roles in improvisational dramatizations of emotionally charged situations.
Compare sociodrama.
Origin of psychodrama
1935-40; psycho- + drama
Related forms
[sahy-koh-druh-mat-ik] /ˌsaɪ koʊ drəˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for psychodrama
  • Presents a course that integrates psychology and drama in order to study drama therapy and psychodrama.
  • Information comes to light as role players act out family scenes such as a marriage or a family meal in a psychodrama.
  • The program also uses psychodrama groups that allow participants to reenact roles or situations that remain unresolved.
British Dictionary definitions for psychodrama


(psychiatry) a form of group therapy in which individuals act out, before an audience, situations from their past
a film, television drama, etc, in which the psychological development of the characters is emphasized
Derived Forms
psychodramatic (ˌsaɪkəʊdrəˈmætɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for psychodrama

also psycho-drama, 1937 (in writing of U.S. psychiatrist Jacob L. Moreno (1889-1974)), from psycho- + drama. Related: Psychodramatic.

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psychodrama in Medicine

psychodrama psy·cho·dra·ma (sī'kə-drä'mə, -drām'ə)

  1. A psychotherapeutic and analytic technique in which people are assigned roles to be played spontaneously within a dramatic context devised by a therapist.

  2. A dramatization in which this technique is employed.

psy'cho·dra·mat'ic (-drə-māt'ĭk) adj.
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