Polyphonic perspectives: A focus group study of interprofessional staff’s perceptions of music therapy at an inpatient unit for children in mental health care


International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being




Purpose: In an inpatient unit for children in mental health care, a variety of services are provided through interprofessional collaborations. Music therapy is a relatively recent proposition in this context, but there is increasing acceptance for music therapy as a therapeutic method. However, there is limited knowledge about music therapy in this field, and this study aims to address this research gap. Method: Through focus group interviews with staff at an inpatient unit in mental health care for children, this article explores interprofessional perspectives of music therapy. A thematic analysis with an inductive approach informed by constructivist grounded theory was used in the analysis of the interviews. Findings: Several dimensions were involved in the findings, concerning the children and the interprofessional collaboration. The two main categories that emerged were: 'What music therapy offers the children' and 'What music therapy contributes to the interprofessional understanding of the children'. Conclusion: The interprofessional perspectives of music therapy revealed potentials for emotion regulation, and experience of identity and freedom for the children. As part of the integrated services, music therapy provided a new perspective of the child and enhanced relationship between the child and the health services. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2023 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Mental Health; Emotional Functioning; Healthcare Professionals; Children; Mental Health Setting; Music Therapy

Indexed Terms

Children; Child Psychotherapy; Collaboration; Focus group interviews; Health Personnel Attitudes; Interprofessional perspectives; Mental Health; Mental health care

Study Type

Editorial, Opinions, Position Papers

Document Type