Effects of Verbal Processing on Psychiatric Patients’ Proactive Coping Skills Using Recreational Music Therapy

Sarah E. Pitts, Michael J Silverman

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Abstract

Psychiatric patients who are able to cope with life stressors and appropriately use leisure time are less likely to be rehospitalized. The purpose of this study was to examine how verbal processing of recreational music therapy affected psychiatric patients’ knowledge and use of coping and leisure skills. The researchers utilized a quasirandomized controlled design and collected data at pretest, immediately before discharge, and at one month postdischarge. The researchers isolated verbal processing within recreational music therapy sessions to determine if the verbal-processing component affected proactive coping and patients’ use of coping and leisure skills. Using the Proactive Coping Scale, the researchers measured patients’ proactive coping before and after attending recreational music therapy sessions. Results indicated no significant between-group differences in patients’ proactive coping scores. Difficulties conducting research in psychiatric settings, clinical implications, limitations, and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-199
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Creativity in Mental Health
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • creativity in counseling
  • mental health
  • proactive coping
  • recreational music therapy
  • verbal processing

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