Further evidence that singing fosters mental health and wellbeing: The West Kent and Medway project

Clift, S. M., Manship, S. and Stephens, L. (2017) Further evidence that singing fosters mental health and wellbeing: The West Kent and Medway project. Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 21 (1). pp. 53-62. ISSN 2042-8308.

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Abstract

Purpose
Clift and Morrison (2011) report that weekly singing over eight months for people with enduring mental health issues led to clinically important reductions in mental distress. The present study tested the robustness of the earlier findings.
Design
Four community singing groups for people with mental health issues ran weekly from November 2014 to the end of 2015. Evaluation place over a six-month period using two validated questionnaires: the short Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation questionnaire (CORE-10), and the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS).
Findings
Twenty-six participants completed baseline and follow-up questionnaires. CORE-10 scores were significantly reduced, and WEMWBS scores significantly increased. Comparisons with the earlier study found a similar pattern of improvements on CORE items that are part of the 'problems' sub-scale in the full CORE questionnaire. There was also evidence from both studies of participants showing clinically important improvements in CORE-10 scores.
Research limitations
The main limitations of the study are a small sample size, and the lack of a randomised control group.
Originality
No attempts have been made previously to directly test the transferability of a singing for health model to a new geographical area and evaluate outcomes using the same validated measure.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health
Depositing User: Mr Matthew Shipton
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2017 13:03
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2017 22:05
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15374

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