Journal article

Constructing a grounded theory of young people's recovery of musical identity in mental illness

Cherry Hense, Katrina Skewes McFerran, Patrick McGorry

ARTS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

Musical identity is a highly relevant, yet little researched area within mental illness. In this study, the researchers explore how 11 young people's musical identities changed during their experiences of, and recovery from mental illness. The researchers use a constructivist grounded theory approach to collect and analyse in-depth interviews with young people attending a music therapy programme at a youth mental health service. Findings are presented as a constructivist grounded theory of young people's recovery of musical identity. This interpretation illustrates how aspects of these young people's pathology presents as 'musical symptoms' during acute illness and the ways in which young pe..

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