The issues surrounding the evaluation by clients of the impact of two music therapy programmes in an acute psychiatric setting

The issues surrounding the evaluation by clients of the impact of two music therapy programmes in an acute psychiatric setting

Abstract

This paper examines these and other issues regarding clients' evaluation of the impact of therapy sessions. It examines literature from music therapy and other fields to find a rationale for the use of client-evaluation. The development, implementation and results of a questionnaire administered to clients in two music therapy programmes in a psychiatric facility are discussed with a view to demonstrate the advantages and limitations of this evaluation method. Recommendations are made for further research into the area of client-evaluation of the impact of music therapy. This paper examines these and other issues regarding clients' evaluation of the impact of therapy sessions. It examines literature from music therapy and other fields to find a rationale for the use of client-evaluation. The development, implementation and results of a questionnaire administered to clients in two music therapy programmes in a psychiatric facility are discussed with a view to demonstrate the advantages and limitations of this evaluation method. Recommendations are made for further research into the area of client-evaluation of the impact of music therapy.

Keywords: Music therapy, psychiatric, evaluation


Citation

Dye, S. (1994). The issues surrounding the evaluation by clients of the impact of two music therapy programmes in an acute psychiatric setting. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 5, 19-31.


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Date published: July 1994