Longitudinal research designs in music therapy: Recommendations from a study of people with dementia

Longitudinal research designs in music therapy: Recommendations from a study of people with dementia

Abstract

Longitudinal research studies in music the-ap), are not frequently reported within the music therapy literature despite the need for these Within the discipline. This article aims to encourage music therapists to undertake longitudinal research, by providing information on aspects of this type of research design. The authors discuss some advantages of longitudinal research approaches, and present the challenges expected to be faced by those conducting longitudinal research studies. Reflections on the authors' experiences in investigating long-term effects of music therapy, on people with dementia are described, along with recommendations as to how future researchers might address or accommodate some of these challenges.

 

Keywords: music therapy, dementia, longitudinal research, long term effects


Citation

Ledger, A., & Baker, F. (2005). Longitudinal research designs in music therapy: Recommendations from a study of people with dementia. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 16, 88-103.


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Date published: July 2005