Impact of music therapy to promote positive parenting and child development

Nicholson, Jan M., Berthelsen, Donna C., Abad, Vicky, Williams, Kate, & Bradley, Julie (2008) Impact of music therapy to promote positive parenting and child development. Journal of Health Psychology, 13(2), pp. 226-238.

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The effectiveness of a 10-week group music therapy program for marginalized parents and their children aged 0–5 years was examined. Musical activities were used to promote positive parent–child relationships and children’s behavioral, communicative and social development. Participants were 358 parents and children from families facing social disadvantage, young parents or parents of a child with a disability. Significant improvements were found for therapist-observed parent and child behaviors, and parent-reported irritable parenting, educational activities in the home, parent mental health and child communication and social play skills. This study provides evidence of the potential effectiveness of music therapy for early intervention.

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ID Code: 30368
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: child development , parenting intervention, music therapy
DOI: 10.1177/1359105307086705
ISSN: 1359-1053
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 15 Feb 2010 07:25
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 03:01

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