An interpretative phenomenological analysis of an improvisational music therapy program for cancer patients

Maria Pothoulaki, Raymond MacDonald, Paul Flowers

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Abstract

Although there are an increasing number of qualitative studies investigating the benefits of music therapy interventions in cancer care settings, few studies have adopted a phenomenological approach to explore how and why such interventions work. The aim of this study was to explore the psychological processes involved in an improvisational music therapy program for cancer patients. Nine individuals took part in an improvisational music therapy program and participated in semi-structured interviews. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was employed as a theoretical and methodological framework for the analysis of the interviews.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-67
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Music Therapy
Volume49
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • music therapy
  • psychology
  • cancer patients

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