Group singing for couples where one partner has a diagnosis of dementia

Unadkat, Shreena (2015) Group singing for couples where one partner has a diagnosis of dementia. D.Clin.Psych. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Abstract

There is an emerging interest in the literature base around the use of group singing in dementia care. Although studies indicate positive outcomes, limited research has been carried out from a relational perspective. Additionally, theoretical underpinnings of the reported benefits have yet to be explored. This study aims to investigate the key theoretical mechanisms underlying the experience of group singing. Interview data from seventeen couples who sing together in a group is analysed using grounded theory method. Several key aspects of group singing are presented, namely that the positive experience of the act of singing combined with effective group facilitation enables equal participation and a powerful group effect. A further benefit of new learning and creativity is explored. Implications for clinical practice and possible directions for future research are outlined.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: 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
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0512 Psychopathology. Mental disorders > RC0521 Dementia
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Mrs Kathy Chaney
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2015 13:08
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2017 23:43
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13855

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