From the mouths of babes: The response of six younger, bereaved teenagers to the experience of psychodynamic group music therapy

From the mouths of babes: The response of six younger, bereaved teenagers to the experience of psychodynamic group music therapy

Abstract

This article promotes a psychodynamic approach to music therapy group work with younger, bereaved adolescents based an the results of a phenomenological study conducted by the author. Research and literature from the fields of music therapy, psychology, bereavement and music studies are used to highlight the significance of these findings in relation to the philosophical stance of the practicing clinician. The Global Meaning Units (results) emphasise the importance o f freedom and control in the participants' therapeutic process. The meaning units also reveal the mature and compassionate behaviours displayed by group members, despite high levels of teasing and verbal banter. Finally, the meaning units demonstrate that the participants had a prior understanding of the importance of emotional expression and utilised the creative music processes to work towards relief in the intensity of their grief experience.

 

Keywords: bereavement; adolescents; psychodynamic


Citation

McFerran-Skewes, K. (2000). From the mouths of babes: The response of six younger, bereaved teenagers to the experience of psychodynamic group music therapy. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 11, 3-22.


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Date published: July 2000