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Mixed-methods survey of professional perspectives of music therapy practice in mental health

Title
Mixed-methods survey of professional perspectives of music therapy practice in mental health
Authors
Eyre L.Lee J.-H.
Ewha Authors
이진형
SCOPUS Author ID
이진형scopus
Issue Date
2015
Journal Title
Music Therapy Perspectives
ISSN
0734-6875JCR Link
Citation
vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 162 - 181
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Indexed
SCOPUS scopus
Abstract
The purpose of this mixed-methods survey was to gain insight into the perspectives of music therapists (MTs) (N = 255, 35.46%) working in mental health in the United States. It addressed 1) demographics; 2) clinical perspectives; 3) techniques used in clinical practice, rationales used in clinical decision-making, positive outcomes of specific techniques, and challenges to using specific techniques; 4) personal attitudes toward conducting research, usefulness of current research for clinical practice; and 5) professional issues related to growth and job opportunities in the field of mental health. Descriptive statistics, correlations, and thematic analysis revealed that the professional conditions for MTs vary according to job security and specialized training. MTs who worked in one institution with less specialized training were less likely to be supervised by an MT-BC, conducted primarily group sessions, and had less job satisfaction. Those with specialized training tended to work in more than one setting, had more individual client sessions and fewer large groups, and often received supervision from an MT-BC. MTs used a wide variety of techniques and methods to address specific goals. Challenges to using particular techniques included budget, access to instruments, group size, safety, and space. Research was highly regarded, as an essential contribution to clinical practice. MTs perceived that an increase in evidence-based research in mental health, and music therapy advocacy, were important factors to stimulate growth in the field. © 2015 the American Music Therapy Association.
DOI
10.1093/mtp/miv034
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