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Exploring the role and impact of group songwriting with multiple stakeholders in recovery-oriented mental health services

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dc.contributor.author McCaffrey, Tríona Mary
dc.contributor.author Higgins, Paula
dc.contributor.author Monahan, Clara
dc.contributor.author Moloney, Sinéad
dc.contributor.author Nelligan, Siobhán
dc.contributor.author Clancy, Aoife
dc.contributor.author Cheung, Pui Sze
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-20T14:56:27Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation McCaffrey, T., Higgins, P., Monahan, C., Moloney, S., Nelligan, S., Clancy, A., & Cheung (2020) 'Exploring the role and impact of group songwriting with multiple stakeholders in recovery-oriented mental health services'. Nordic Journal Of Music Therapy, . en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9014
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 13/06/2021
dc.description.abstract Introduction At the heart of successful operational transformation to recovery-oriented mental health services is the establishment of meaningful, respectful and equitable relationships between multiple “stakeholders” including service users, providers and carers. Group songwriting has a possible role to play in fostering such relationships as it offers opportunities to practice core life skills, adopt new roles, and, encourages respect for the perspectives of others. Methods This study explored the potential role and impact of group songwriting in recovery-oriented mental health services. A total of eight service users and one staff member took part in three song-writing focus groups led by a qualified music therapist. Afterwards, semi-structured individual interviews were carried out to explore participants’ personal experiences of focus group participation. Interview transcripts were analysed using Thematic Content Analysis. Results Three original songs were composed in three focus groups. The lyrics reflected themes including (a) mental health service growth, (b) empowerment and freedom during music engagement and (c) empathy for others. Analysis of nine interviews revealed four themes including: “Group songwriting breaks down barriers in ways that help to promote equality,” “Group songwriting offered new perspectives,” “Group songwriting can expose perceived vulnerabilities” and, “Group songwriting may be approached with knowledge of music’s capacity to promote well-being.” Discussion Findings suggest that group songwriting offers stakeholders a meaningful, reciprocal and equitable space that can foster the concept of co-production that is foundational to effective recovery-oriented working in mental health. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis (Routledge) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Nordic Journal of Music Therapy;
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/08098131.2020.1771755
dc.rights This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in The Nordic Journal of Music Therapy 2020 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: https://doi.org/10.1080/08098131.2020.1771755 en_US
dc.subject songwriting en_US
dc.subject mental health recovery en_US
dc.subject co-production en_US
dc.subject mental health recovery en_US
dc.subject arts-based research en_US
dc.title Exploring the role and impact of group songwriting with multiple stakeholders in recovery-oriented 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 2020-07-10T16:04:20Z
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dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/08098131.2020.1771755
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2021-06-13
dc.embargo.terms 2021-06-13 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2958894
dc.internal.copyrightchecked No
dc.identifier.journaltitle Nordic Journal Of Music Therapy
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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