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

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dc.contributor.author McCaffrey, Tríona Mary
dc.contributor.author Edwards, Jane
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-06T15:42:18Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6317
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description The full text of this article will not be available in ULIR until the embargo expires on the 24/2/2018
dc.description.abstract 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. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Music Therapy;53 (2), pp. 121-148
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jmt/thw002
dc.rights This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of "Music therapy helped me get back doing": Perspectives of music therapy participants in mental health services" accepted for publication in Journal of Music Therapy, 2016, 53 (2), pp.121-48 following peer review. The version of record is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jmt/thw002 en_US
dc.subject recovery en_US
dc.subject improvisation en_US
dc.subject users en_US
dc.title "Music therapy helped me get back doing": Perspectives of music therapy participants in mental health services en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2017-12-06T15:31:20Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1093/jmt/thw002
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2018-02-24
dc.embargo.terms 2018-02-24 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1643564
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal Of Music Therapy
dc.internal.authorcontactother jane.edwards@ul.ie
dc.internal.authorcontactother Triona.McCaffrey@ul.ie
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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