The contribution of community singing groups to the well-being of older people: participant perspectives from the United Kingdom

Skingley, A., Martin, A. and Clift, S. M. (2016) The contribution of community singing groups to the well-being of older people: participant perspectives from the United Kingdom. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 35 (12). pp. 1302-1324. ISSN 0733-4648.

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Abstract

Current evidence suggests that participatory arts activities, and particularly group singing, may contribute to the well-being of older people. However, there is currently a paucity of prospective research from the participant perspective. This qualitative study nested within a randomized controlled trial aimed to assess participants’ perspectives of the acceptability and effect on health and well-being of a community singing program for older people. Volunteers recruited to the intervention arm (n = 131) were invited to write comments on their experiences over three data collection points of a 14- week singing program. A subsample (n = 19) participated in a retrospective semi-structured interview. Data were subjected to content and thematic analysis. Comments and interviews from 128 individuals suggested that the singing groups led to specific, incremental benefits to physical, psychological, social, and community well-being. Benefits tended to tail off after the program ended. Suggestions were made for the future running of such groups.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music > ML3800 Philosophical and societal aspects of music. Physics and acoustics of music. Physiological aspects of music > ML3919 Moral influence of music. Therapeutic use of music
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > England Centre for Practice Development
Depositing User: Anne Martin
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2017 14:55
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2017 14:55
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15413

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