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Title: Music and health promotion : the role and significance of music and musicking in everyday life for the long term ill
Author: Batt-Rawden, Kari Bjerke.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3451 3101
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2007
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Music is still rarely mentioned or included as a vital factor in public health strategies to promote health and well-being. This study considers the significance of music and musicking and its role as a lay or folk healing practice in the lives of men and women with long-term illnesses and disease. 22 participants aged 34 to 65 from Oslo and Akershus counties in Norway were recruited as a strategic sample in research involving eight in-depth interviews stretching over a year from 2004 to 2005. The research, participatory and actionorientated, focused on whether participants could, through exposure to and exchange of new musical materials and practices learn to use music as a `technology' of health promotion and self care. A novel `Participatory CD design' was developed, involving participants' reflections on, and contribution to, the making of four CD compilations. The `Participatory CD Design' shed further light on which types of music seemed to benefit whom and why, and processes and changes in relation to music and musicking that occurred both before and during fieldwork were discussed. Music could occupy a space that made life worth living, and hence revitalize the energetic and resourceful parts of individuals with long-term illnesses. Participants described their involvement with the project, and their subsequent raised musical consciousnessa s beneficial, resulting in increaseds elf-awarenessa nd a new repertoire of musical skills relating to self care. Participants considered music listening and musicking to be important tools in the process of change and self-development, enhancing well-being and `wellness' and offering resources for recovery and quality of life in the face of illness. Exploring systematically the relationship between music and health from a lay perspective may help to document vital links and connections for future interdisciplinary work and collaborations
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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