A colleague of mine, a very imaginative consultant named Gail Rubin, quite effectively uses movies to facilitate planning for death (click for a program example), including the writing of wills. Reading the below press release about couples watching movies to improve or preserve their relationships got me thinking of many other areas in which movies might be useful. Could movies be helpful in resolving conflict, developing leadership, raising self-awareness, promoting mindfulness, enhancing cognitive development?
Of course, as the researchers write in the study article, more research needs to be done on this kind of movie therapy. The value of using movies in other arenas such as the above-listed needs research, too, but at least it could be entertaining.
Here's the news release from University of Rochester. (Click to see the list of movies and discussion questions used in the study, and to read the study itself.)
Divorce Rate Cut in Half for Couples Who Discussed Relationship Movies
January 31, 2014
Contact: Susan Hagen firstname.lastname@example.org
A new study finds that watching and discussing movies about relationships is as effective in lowering divorce rates as other, more intensive early marriage counseling programs.
Discussing five movies about relationships over a month could cut the three-year divorce rate for newlyweds in half, researchers report. The study, involving 174 couples, is the first long-term