Staff and Administrators’ Perceptions of Music Therapy with Acute Care Mental Health Inpatients: A Qualitative Investigation

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Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study is to understand staff members’ and administrators’ perceptions of group-based music therapy in an acute care mental health setting. The researcher conducted semi-structured interviews with six experienced administrators and unit staff who were familiar with music therapy. Using an inductive approach to thematic analysis, the author identified six themes: (a) music constitutes an important role in patients’ lives, (b) patient-centricity and competence of the music therapist, (c) music therapy uniquely engages the patient with music, the music therapist, and peers, (d) music therapy shifts patients’ focus from internal to external, (e) music therapy is a normalizing experience that facilitates interaction, and (f) music therapy provides optimal conditions for cognitive, affective, and behavioral change. Implications for clinical practice, suggestions for future research, and limitations of the study are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-219
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Creativity in Mental Health
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018

Keywords

  • Acute care
  • administrators
  • creativity in counseling
  • interviews
  • mental health
  • music therapy
  • psychiatric
  • qualitative research
  • staff members
  • staff perceptions

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