Hip Hop, Empowerment, and Clinical Practice for Homeless Adults With Severe Mental Illness


Social Work with Groups




This article focuses on the use of a music and empowerment-based group as a vehicle for engagement, and therapeutic, and social-emotional benefits with homeless adults coping with severe mental illness in a shelter setting. The authors present a conceptual framework that includes case illustrations to capture the group process. The group was guided by the MUZUZE Hip Hop and empowerment framework, which is meant to facilitate well-being as evidenced by indicators of social-emotional learning and empowerment-based positive youth development. The authors found that the use of Hip Hop helped foster well-being via pathways of individual and community empowerment. Implications for future research and practice are discussed. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Coping; Engagement Level; Mental Health; Recreative Music Methods; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

homelessness; severe mental illness; trauma; adults; engagement; empowerment; Hip Hop; Homeless Mentally Ill; Mental Disorders; Well Being; Clinical Practice; Psychological Engagement; Serious Mental Illness

Study Type

Quasi-Experimental Study; Quantitative Methods

Document Type