A rationale for the use of songs with children undergoing bone marrow transplantation

A rationale for the use of songs with children undergoing bone marrow transplantation

Abstract

Children who are undergoing bone marrow transplantation are at risk of developing specific psychological complications from both the illness and the treatment. This paper examines the medical aspects of childhood leukaemia, its side effects and psychosocial challenges as they impact the child; reviews the literature on the psychological and social factors associated with bone marrow transplant treatment for children; and examines music therapy intervention strategies, specifically the use of songs and songwriting, with this population. Finally, it is suggested that the use of songs in therapy may lead to better coping skills and may be an effective assessment tool.


Keywords: Music therapy; children; songs; leukaemia; bone marrow transplantation


Citation

Hadley, S.J. (1996). A rationale for the use of songs with children undergoing bone marrow transplantation. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 7, 16-27.


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Date published: July 1996