Community music and interpersonal functioning amongst people with complex mental health needs

Hall, Deanna L. (2013) Community music and interpersonal functioning amongst people with complex mental health needs. D.Clin.Psychol. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Section A is a critical review of empirical literature pertinent to the impact of community music projects (CMPs) on the interpersonal functioning of those with complex mental health needs living in the community.
Section B presents a qualitative study exploring the interpersonal experiences of ten outpatients with complex mental health needs participating in a CMP.
Background: Although participation in CMPs has been associated with improved interpersonal function amongst clinical and non-clinical populations their effects on outpatients with complex mental health needs are not clearly understood.
Aims: The current study aimed to explore how outpatients with complex mental health needs experience, perceive, understand and respond to interpersonal interactions whilst participating in a CMP.
Method: Participants included 10 outpatients with complex mental health needs, who had attended a CMP for at least 6 months. They completed a semi-structured interview concerning interpersonal experiences and the project’s impact (if any) on such experiences. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was utilised (Smith, Flowers, & Larkin, 2009).
Results: Interpersonal experiences of participants were conceptualised as master themes involving hope for social interaction, non-musical interpersonal experience, musical interpersonal experience, wider community experience, belonging, esteem and positive identity.
Conclusion: Interpersonal learning, bridging capital and the development of self-concept components may be experienced in relation to CMP participation. The importance of social context assessment to client formulations and interventions and the need for further longitudinal, qualitative research in this area is implicated.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: complex mental health, psychosis, community music, community mental health, interpretative phenomenological analysis
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study > MT0087 Community music
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Mrs Kathy Chaney
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2013 09:16
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:08

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