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dc.contributor.authorGrocke, D
dc.contributor.authorBloch, S
dc.contributor.authorCastle, D
dc.date.available2014-05-21T23:33:33Z
dc.date.issued2009-06-01
dc.identifierpii: 0022-2917-46-2-90
dc.identifier.citationGrocke, D., Bloch, S. & Castle, D. (2009). The Effect of Group Music Therapy on Quality of Life for Participants Living with a Severe and Enduring Mental Illness. JOURNAL OF MUSIC THERAPY, 46 (2), pp.90-104. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmt/46.2.90.
dc.identifier.issn0022-2917
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/29698
dc.description.abstractA 10-week group music therapy project was designed to determine whether music therapy influenced quality of life and social anxiety for people with a severe and enduring mental illness living in the community. Ten one-hour weekly sessions including song singing, song writing and improvisation, culminated in each group recording original song/s in a professional studio. The principal outcome measure was the WHOQOLBREF Quality of Life (QoL) Scale; other instruments used were the Social Interaction Anxiety Scale (SIAS) and the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI). Qualitative data were gathered through focus group interviews and an analysis of lyric themes. Statistically significant improvement was found on five items of the QoL Scale. There were no changes on the BSI indicating that QoL improvement was not mediated by symptomatic change. Themes from the focus groups were: music therapy gave joy and pleasure, working as a team was beneficial, participants were pleasantly surprised at their creativity, and they took pride in their song. An analysis of song lyrics resulted in 6 themes: a concern for the world, peace and the environment; living with mental illness is difficult; coping with mental illness requires strength; religion and spirituality are sources of support; living in the present is healing; and working as a team is enjoyable.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherNATL ASSOC MUSIC THERAPY INC
dc.subjectPerforming Arts and Creative Writing
dc.titleThe Effect of Group Music Therapy on Quality of Life for Participants Living with a Severe and Enduring Mental Illness
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/jmt/46.2.90
melbourne.peerreviewPeer Reviewed
melbourne.affiliationThe University of Melbourne
melbourne.affiliation.departmentMusic
melbourne.source.titleJOURNAL OF MUSIC THERAPY
melbourne.source.volume46
melbourne.source.issue2
melbourne.source.pages90-104
dc.description.pagestart90
melbourne.publicationid129426
melbourne.elementsid312604
melbourne.contributor.authorGrocke, Denise
melbourne.contributor.authorBloch, Sidney
melbourne.contributor.authorCastle, David
dc.identifier.eissn2053-7395
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