The Role of Music Participation in Positive Health and Wellbeing Outcomes for Migrant Populations: A Systematic Review


Psychology of Music




The aim of this review was to identify possible positive health and wellbeing outcomes of participatory music activities for culturally and linguistically diverse people who could be described as vulnerable or 'at risk' in particular migrant populations. Nine databases were searched spanning 10 years (2002–2013). The search returned 977 results with 45 articles reviewed. Seven articles met the inclusion criteria with most studies involving adolescents. Despite the reported health outcomes the review identified a scarcity of generalisable quantitative research (n = 2) and credible qualitative research (n = 5) indicating a distinct need for robust future investigation in this pertinent area of research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Adolescents; Mental Health; Psychological Outcomes; Recreative Music Methods; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

acculturation; health outcomes; immigrants; music program; refugees; social wellbeing; Health; Human Migration; Participation; Well Being

Study Type

Systematic Review; Quantitative Methods

Document Type