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Title: An investigation into the effects structured music making has on individuals with mental health problems
Author: De Simone, Julie Carmella
Awarding Body: Glasgow Caledonian University
Current Institution: Glasgow Caledonian University
Date of Award: 2013
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There are various settings in which music has been applied therapeutically throughout history from early man to today. However there is a paucity of research in psychiatric settings and the majority of this research is quantitative and therefore not concerned with the subjective experience of the participants. The aim of this thesis is to investigate the effect that structured music activity has on individuals with mental health problems through the work of Polyphony a mental health music charity. There are two pilot studies and four main studies. The pilot studies use mixed methods to examine the effects of structured music on individuals with dementia. In these two studies mood, cognitive functioning and communication are examined. The four main studies use qualitative methodology and the method chosen is thematic analysis. The first main study interviews six participants about their experience at Polyphony sessions. The role of music, social issues, music and emotion, reminiscence and expectations of Polyphony are all explored. The second study interviews four participants and examines the effect their mental health problem has on their lives and the role Polyphony has played in their recovery journey. The third study has five participants and investigates the participants' experiences of 'Inreach' , a project involving a professional music ensemble, a composer and Polyphony. The composer, an ensemble member, a Polyphony staff member and two Polyphony service users are interviewed. The themes explored are the role music has on their lives, music and emotions, identity and the experience of 'Inreach'. The final study has six participants and examines the effect of the 'Waterside' project, a time limited project offered by Polyphony.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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