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Impact of music therapy to promote positive parenting and child development

By Jan M. Nicholson, Donna C. Berthelsen, Vicky Abad, Kate Williams and Julie Bradley


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

Topics: 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing, 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori), child development, parenting intervention, music therapy
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1177/1359105307086705
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