"Music therapy helped me get back doing": perspectives of music therapy participants in mental health services

McCaffrey, Tríona and Edwards, Jane 2016, "Music therapy helped me get back doing": perspectives of music therapy participants in mental health services, Journal of music therapy, vol. 53, no. 2, Summer, pp. 121-148, doi: 10.1093/jmt/thw002.

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Title "Music therapy helped me get back doing": perspectives of music therapy participants in mental health services
Author(s) McCaffrey, Tríona
Edwards, JaneORCID iD for Edwards, Jane orcid.org/0000-0002-2705-8478
Journal name Journal of music therapy
Volume number 53
Issue number 2
Season Summer
Start page 121
End page 148
Total pages 28
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0022-2917
Keyword(s) Arts & Humanities
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Summary BACKGROUND: Mental health service development internationally is increasingly informed by the collaborative ethos of recovery. Service user evaluation of experiences within music therapy programs allows new phenomena about participation in services to be revealed that might otherwise remain unnoticed. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to demonstrate how asking service users about their experience of music therapy can generate useful information, and to reflect upon the feedback elicited from such processes in order to gain a deeper understanding of how music therapy is received among service users in mental health. METHODS: Six mental health service users described their experiences of music therapy in one or two individual interviews. Transcripts of interviews were analyzed using the procedures and techniques of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. RESULTS: Interviews with mental health service users provided rich, in-depth accounts reflecting the complex nature of music therapy participation. Super-ordinate themes refer to the context in which music therapy was offered, the rich sound world of music in music therapy, the humanity of music therapy, and the strengths enhancing opportunities experienced by service users. CONCLUSIONS: Participants indicated that they each experienced music therapy in unique ways. Opinions about the value of music therapy were revealed through an interview process in which the researcher holds an open attitude, welcoming all narrative contributions respectfully. These findings can remind practitioners of the importance of closely tuning into the perspectives and understandings of those who have valuable expertise to share about their experience of music therapy services in mental health.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/jmt/thw002
Field of Research 1904 Performing Arts And Creative Writing
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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