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Music Therapy Group with Institutionalized Psychiatric Adults: The Third Way. A Pilot Study

  • Open or CloseDora Psaltopoulou Kamini*

    Assistant Professor, School of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

    *Corresponding author: Assistant Professor, School of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Submission: March 06, 2023; Published: March 21, 2023

DOI: 10.31031/ACAM.2023.07.000668

ISSN: 2637-7802
Volume7 Issue4


Creative Music Therapy with psychiatric inpatients encourages self-growth, well-being, socialization and social inclusion leading to the functioning state of FA-fonie.
Aim A pilot study was conducted to investigate the overall contribution of Music Therapy interventions in the psychosocial growth of institutionalized psychiatric patients.
Method: Qualitative study 25 open music therapy sessions with 20 adults, psychiatric institutionalized residents, in a period of 8 months, were conducted. 5 questionnaires with open-ended questions were given and answered by the staff of the psychiatric institution. Phenomenological hermeneutic design was adopted. Data analysis was undertaken by three independent researchers (triangulation) and guided by Diekelmann, et al. [1] phenomenological technique, which includes a seven-stage process.
Results a.Enhancement of the sense of self.
b.Sense of belonging to the group.
c.Improvement in personal and interpersonal awareness.
d.Expression of feelings at a symbolic level.
e.Essential reduction of the image of the symptoms concerning psychotic withdrawal, through socialization and social inclusion.
Conclusion Through music therapy - the exploration of the (musical) creative self and the meaningful use of self-expression within the symbolic order- all participants identify with their uniqueness and engage in meaningful relationships. Within the safe therapeutic relationship of music therapy group sessions, the image of the symptoms of withdrawal and of institutionalization is significantly reduced. All residents moved to the functioning state of FA-fonie

Keywords:Symbolic Order; Music Therapy; Psychiatric Care; Fonie-Voice

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