Group singing and young people’s psychological well-being

Hinshaw, T., Clift, S. M., Hulbert, S. and Camic, Paul M. (2015) Group singing and young people’s psychological well-being. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. ISSN 1462-3730.

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This mixed-method study investigated the impact of a community group singing project on the psychological well-being of school children in the London area. Self rated measures of psychological well-being and identity as a singer were administered to 60 children aged 7–11 at three time points. A teacher-rated measure of psychological difficulties was also administered. Finally, a sample of children sharing their experience of the project in focus groups and music teacher interviews were carried out. Quantitative data did not confirm the hypothesis that choir members’ psychological well-being would increase following participation in the singing project; however, qualitative data provided evidence for a range of beneficial outcomes for participating children. Although group singing appears to be a positive experience for children who participate, findings suggest that the impact may be subtle for children with high levels of psychological well-being.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0712 Developmental psychology > BF0721 Child psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0636 Applied psychology
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study > MT0820 Singing and vocal technique
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Prof Paul M Camic
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 14:08
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2015 14:11

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