The perceived effects of singing on the health and wellbeing of wives and partners of members of the British Armed Forces: a cross-sectional survey

Clift, S. M., Page, S., Daykin, N. and Peasgood, E. (2016) The perceived effects of singing on the health and wellbeing of wives and partners of members of the British Armed Forces: a cross-sectional survey. Public Health. ISSN 0033-3506.

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Abstract

Objectives
A survey to explore the extent to which a choir programme associated with the British Armed Forces provides benefits of wives and partners and families of military personnel.

Study design
A cross-sectional survey.

Method
Online self-completion questionnaires to survey 464 choir members and 173 committee members who were also participants in the choirs.

Results
Large majorities of participants report personal and social benefits from their engagement in choirs, as well as benefits for their health and wellbeing. Challenges facing choirs were also identified associated with performance demands and inter-personal relationships within choirs.

Conclusions
Group singing generates a range of personal, social and health benefits for wives and partners of armed services personnel. The study reveals some challenges arising in all female choirs in military settings and suggests potential areas for further research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Singing; health; wellbeing
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study > MT0820 Singing and vocal technique
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0475 Therapeutics. Psychotherapy > RC0489 Arts therapy
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health
Depositing User: Mr Matthew Shipton
Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 14:09
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2017 13:28
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14495

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