Journal article

A retrospective lyrical analysis of songs written by adolescents with anorexia nervosa

Katrina McFerran, Felicity Baker, George C Patton, Susan M Sawyer

EUROPEAN EATING DISORDERS REVIEW | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2006

Abstract

Song-writing plays a central role in music therapy with adolescents. A retrospective lyrical analysis of songs written by adolescents with anorexia nervosa was undertaken in order to identify common themes solicited through song-writing interventions. Fifteen participants contributed 17 songs, from which 368 lyrical units were identified. A modified content analysis approach was used with each lyrical unit being categorised to one of six themes determined from the literature and clinical experience. The theme of 'identity' was used most frequently (28%), with the subtheme of 'exploring new behaviours, positive self-talk' being addressed most often (12.5% of total). The dominance of the devel..

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