Journal article

Group Music Therapy as a Preventive Intervention for Young People at Risk: Cluster-Randomized Trial

Christian Gold, Suvi Saarikallio, Alexander Hew Dale Crooke, Katrina Skewes McFerran



Background: Music forms an important part of the lives and identities of adolescents and may have positive or negative mental health implications. Music therapy can be effective for mental disorders such as depression, but its preventive potential is unknown. Objective: The aim of this study was to examine whether group music therapy (GMT) is an effective intervention for young people who may be at risk of developing mental health problems, as indicated via unhealthy music use. The main question was whether GMT can reduce unhealthy uses of music and increase potentials for healthy uses of music, compared to self-directed music listening (SDML). We were also interested in effects of GMT on de..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Australian Research Council (Project ID DPI 10102483). The funder had no role in the study design, collection, analysis, or interpretation of data, the writing of the report, or the decision to submit the manuscript for publication. C.G. wrote the first draft. All authors had full access to the data and share responsibility for the final version of the work. The authors declare that they have no competing conflicts of interest. We would like to thank Sandra Garrido for help with conducting this study, and Leif Edvard Aaro for valuable comments on an earlier version of this manuscript.