Journal article

Using songs with groups of teenagers: How does it work?

K McFerran-Skewes

Social Work with Groups | Published : 2005


This article discusses the value of using music in group work with adolescents. The article outlines the “reflective” relationship between teenagers and music, allaying fears about the possible negative “causative” impact of music listening. It highlights the ability of music to facilitate authentic self-expression and promote the achievement of group cohesion. The article concludes with descriptions of three music therapy techniques that may be relevant for social workers who choose to incorporate songs into their group work with adolescents. © 2004 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

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