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Exploring a potential role for music therapy to promote positive communication and emotional change for couples: a single-session pilot case study

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dc.contributor.author McNamara, Peter
dc.contributor.author Wang, Ruyu
dc.contributor.author Moss, Hilary
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-07T11:26:01Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-07T11:26:01Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation McNamara, P.;Wang, R.; Moss, H. (2019) 'Exploring a potential role for music therapy to promote positive communication and emotional change for couples: A single-session pilot case study' Approaches - an Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy, . en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2459-3338
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/8794
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This pilot case study explores a potential role for music therapy in relationship counselling by employing a case study design. It is contended that music therapy might support couples in understanding and communicating their relationship, affording opportunities for self-expression, emotional expression, communication (verbal and non-verbal) and social participation. The study was conceived with the objective of establishing a possible treatment or intervention which might stand alone or be included as part of a therapeutic service being offered to couples. Constructed around a single music therapy session with a married couple, the study comprised: an exploratory, semi-structured interview with the couple before the session; a music therapy session of 50 minutes’ duration; and a follow-up interview with the couple after the session. Four major themes emerged: (i) guarded, needy, things not meeting; (ii) happy together, venturing together; (iii) deep union; and (iv) transcendence. Data analysis was based on Van Manen’s (1990) phenomenological approach. The findings from this pilot project suggest music therapy’s potential for couples in promoting deeper emotional connection, positive communication and emotional change. Although the results should be treated with caution given the limitations of the methodological design, this study suggests that music therapy may provide an intimate environment to facilitate intense interpersonal interactions between the partners of a couple. This is possibly a new area of practice for music therapists, and further research is warranted. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Greek Association of Primary Music Education Teachers en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy;
dc.relation.uri http://approaches.gr/mcnamara-a20190730
dc.subject music therapy, music, couple counselling, en_US
dc.subject couple therapy en_US
dc.subject music therapy en_US
dc.subject music en_US
dc.subject couple counselling en_US
dc.title Exploring a potential role for music therapy to promote positive communication and emotional change for couples: a single-session pilot case study 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 2020-05-06T20:42:09Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2954879
dc.internal.copyrightchecked No
dc.identifier.journaltitle Approaches - an Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed


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