Journal article

Group music therapy for severe mental illness: a randomized embedded-experimental mixed methods study

D Grocke, S Bloch, D Castle, G Thompson, R Newton, S Stewart, C Gold

ACTA PSYCHIATRICA SCANDINAVICA | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Music therapy is an innovative approach to support people with severe mental illness (SMI). The aim of the study was to determine whether group music therapy (GMT) positively impacted on quality of life (QoL), social enrichment, self-esteem, spirituality and psychiatric symptoms of participants with SMI and how they experienced the intervention. METHOD: The primary outcome was QoL; secondary measures assessed social enrichment, self-esteem, spirituality and psychiatric symptoms. The 13-week intervention comprised singing familiar songs and composing original songs recorded in a professional studio. Qualitative data were generated from focus group interviews and song lyric analysis..

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