Meeting art with art : arts-based methods enhance researcher reflexivity in research with mental health service users

McCaffrey, Triona and Edwards, Jane 2015, Meeting art with art : arts-based methods enhance researcher reflexivity in research with mental health service users, Journal of music therapy, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 515-532, doi: 10.1093/jmt/thv016.

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Title Meeting art with art : arts-based methods enhance researcher reflexivity in research with mental health service users
Author(s) McCaffrey, Triona
Edwards, JaneORCID iD for Edwards, Jane orcid.org/0000-0002-2705-8478
Journal name Journal of music therapy
Volume number 52
Issue number 4
Start page 515
End page 532
Total pages 18
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2015-12-23
ISSN 0022-2917
Keyword(s) art
community mental health services
creativity
focus groups
female
humans
male
music therapy
qualitative research
Summary This paper presents a rationale for arts-based practices in music therapy research, and provides an example of using ABR techniques in research. Arts-based materials are increasingly demonstrated to have the capacity to extend processes of reflexivity and analysis in a range of qualitative health research studies. By comparison, music therapy research studies have rarely employed arts-based methods or techniques. There is a need for more studies in music therapy that employ arts-based research to demystify and elaborate a wider range of creative approaches within music therapy inquiry. In the study described in this paper, ABR was used to reflect on the contribution of a service user in a community mental health context who participated in a focus group about his experiences of music therapy. ABR was found to offer a creative way to engage service users, and to deepen and extend the researcher's reflexivity when responding to materials created by research participants.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/jmt/thv016
Field of Research 1904 Performing Arts And Creative Writing
Socio Economic Objective 920209 Mental Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2015
Copyright notice ©2015, American Music Therapy Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080618

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