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The interactive potential of creative music therapy with premature infants and their parents: A qualitative analysis


Haslbeck, Friederike Barbara (2014). The interactive potential of creative music therapy with premature infants and their parents: A qualitative analysis. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 23(1):36-70.

Abstract

Findings of a previous video analysis of creative music therapy (CMT) with premature infants indicate that music therapy in neonatal care may contribute to more than the infant’s stabilization and relaxation, as predominantly recognized in the literature to date. The aim of this paper is to further investigate the interactive potential of CMT, by comparing a larger number of cases. Video footage of music therapy sessions with 18 premature infants (and their parents) with a broad range of social and diagnostic diversity, as well as interview data derived from their parents, have been analysed in a qualitative grounded theory-based study. The results confirm that CMT may actively assist premature infants to uncover their communicative musicality, which in turn may promote self-regulation and development. CMT also may empower parents by supporting their well-being, self-confidence, and quality of interactions with their infant through music. However, high-level awareness, responsiveness, and the professional use of CMT by a specially trained music therapist are recommended to continuously adjust to the changing individual needs of both the infant and parents.

Abstract

Findings of a previous video analysis of creative music therapy (CMT) with premature infants indicate that music therapy in neonatal care may contribute to more than the infant’s stabilization and relaxation, as predominantly recognized in the literature to date. The aim of this paper is to further investigate the interactive potential of CMT, by comparing a larger number of cases. Video footage of music therapy sessions with 18 premature infants (and their parents) with a broad range of social and diagnostic diversity, as well as interview data derived from their parents, have been analysed in a qualitative grounded theory-based study. The results confirm that CMT may actively assist premature infants to uncover their communicative musicality, which in turn may promote self-regulation and development. CMT also may empower parents by supporting their well-being, self-confidence, and quality of interactions with their infant through music. However, high-level awareness, responsiveness, and the professional use of CMT by a specially trained music therapist are recommended to continuously adjust to the changing individual needs of both the infant and parents.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neonatology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:09 Feb 2015 15:39
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 10:26
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Inc.
ISSN:0809-8131
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/08098131.2013.790918

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