What is it about?

We conducted this study to demonstrate how music therapy must have a psychological, theoretical underpinning and a structural framework in order to have a sustainable treatment effect when treating men and women who suffer from serious mental illness who have committed violent offences.

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Why is it important?

The study showed that patients receiving the intervention became more sociable and less withdrawn and less intrusive than those in the control arm. We conducted quantitative analyses of statistical data and a neutral secondary analysis to further validate the rigour of the study, as well as extensive qualitative analysis of music therapists' observations and experiences triangulated against the primary outcome measure by which to create an evidence-based treatment manual that can be used by music therapists in future multi-centred trials.


I hope this article helps you to understand that individuals with mental illness who did wrong because of the impact of their condition can get to understand themselves better, often to feel sorry for what has gone wrong in their lives, then to change through music therapy towards leading relatively normal lives,because music therapy that has been scientifically and psychologically developed over a rigorous systematic process is far more than recreational listening or playing. As described in this article, when delivered to the treatment manual it can contribute to safe creative expression so that recovery and more normal life is possible for sufferers.

Dr Stella Jean Compton Dickinson
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

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This page is a summary of: Group cognitive analytic music therapy: a quasi-experimental feasibility study conducted in a high secure hospital, Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, December 2018, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/08098131.2018.1529697.
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