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Title: The perceived effects of music therapy on the mental health of adult medical patients.
Authors: Goodman, Loren A
Keywords: Hospitalization -- in adulthood.;Mental Health -- in adulthood.;Music Therapy -- in adulthood.;Stress, Psychological -- in adulthood.
Issue Date: May-2000
Abstract: Hospitalization can cause extreme psychological distress for patients who are already experiencing serious physical illness. Common factors causing stress during hospitalization include depersonalization, isolation, loss of family and community roles, pain, and distorted body image. The impact of these stressors may lead to depression, anxiety, decreased self-esteem, or anger. Music therapy may successfully provide medical patients with many mental health benefits. Through the use of creativity, rapport, insight and a variety of methods of participation, the music therapist has the ability to address many of the mental health needs of these people. The objective of this study was to learn how some medical patients perceive the effects of music therapy during their hospitalization. By means of personal interviews with six medical patients, the researcher has examined the outcome of music therapy as understood by the patients. The most frequently identified benefits of music therapy in these interviews were the promotion of positive affect, stress relief, and alteration of thought content. For many of these patients, the opportunity for self-expression was also especially helpful. Some respondents felt that music therapy benefited them spiritually or physically. A few felt that it had improved their social interactions or outlook on life. These responses support the theory that music therapy is beneficial to the mental health of medical patients. The results of these interviews will be helpful to music therapists and other health professionals in better understanding the experience of hospitalization and uses of music therapy.
Description: 62 l.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/2648
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