AuthorMcFerran, K; Baker, F; Kildea, C; Patton, G; Sawyer, SM
Source TitleBritish Journal of Music Therapy
AffiliationPaediatrics Royal Children's Hospital
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsMcFerran, K., Baker, F., Kildea, C., Patton, G. & Sawyer, S. M. (2008). Avoiding Conflict. British Journal of Music Therapy, 22 (1), pp.16-23. https://doi.org/10.1177/135945750802200103.
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Music therapy is an integral part of the inpatient treatment programme for young women with disordered eating at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. As part of ongoing clinical audit activities, an investigation was undertaken to analyse retrospectively the lyrics of young women who had participated in the music therapy programme. The purpose was to monitor and improve local clinical practice and clarify the specific contribution of music therapy to the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa. Results highlighted the role of mothers in the experiences of the young participants, with references to this relationship exceeding those to any other relationships. These findings are discussed in conjunction with an abandoned study where parental consent was not forthcoming for participation in a group music therapy research project. This article promotes a continuing awareness of the importance of the mother-daughter relationship in the treatment of eating disorders.
KeywordsPerforming Arts and Creative Writing
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