Author: Ashley Tisdale, MT-BC
I recently returned from participating in Drum Circle Facilitators Guild Conference in Myrtle Beach!
As a music therapist, it's important to keep up with current research and findings to inform clinical work. This month, I found an *article about at-risk families and how music therapy can promote and improve emotional communication and support parent - child interaction. Here is a short breakdown of the details in this article!
This study was performed at a family care center in Denmark.
18 families (one parent and one child) participated. They were all described by social services as exhibiting signs of emotional neglect. The children's age ranged between 5 and 12 years old. Parents selected showed signs of emotional neglect and other minor mental health concerns such as depression and high stress. The research was conducted by Jacobsen, S. L., McKinney, C. H., & Holck, U..
This study was performed to explore how music therapy can affect parent-child interaction, parent stress, and parent-child relationship in families - specifically those in which the children have exhibited emotional neglect.
These 18 families were split into two groups: one group that received psychological and educational support (referred to as the "treatment as usual" group in the article) and one group that received both music therapy and treatment as usual. The music therapy sessions took place once a week over 10 weeks and each session was 45 minutes long.
Using various measurable tools and assessments over the 10 week period, the researchers determined that music therapy:
1) Considerably improved the parent's perceived ability to talk to their child
2) Increased the parent's perceived empathy levels
3) Improved mutual attunement and non-verbal communication skills between the parent and child
4) Improved the way the parents viewed their children (children were perceived as less stressful)
As this study has shown, more positive parent-child interaction is essential to treating emotional neglect in children. I am looking forward to applying some of the knowledge I gained in reading this article to my sessions!
*Jacobsen, S. L., McKinney, C. H., & Holck, U. (2014). Effects of a Dyadic Music Therapy Intervention on Parent-Child Interaction, Parent Stress, and Parent-Child Relationship in Families with Emotionally Neglected Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Music Therapy, 51(4), pp. 310 - 330.
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