Music interventions with children, adolescents and emerging adults in mental health settings: A scoping review


Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice




ABSTRACT Background Music is increasingly used with youths in health and psychosocial interventions. We conducted a scoping review with the aim to provide an overview of the current available evidence on music intervention for youth in mental health settings, to inform practice and further research. Methods Three databases (PsycINFO, PubMed and CINAHL) were surveyed. Using the PRISMA review method, 23 studies met inclusion criteria. Results Young people aged from 4 to 25 years old with various mental health conditions participated in music interventions. Music therapy was the most investigated (71%). Improving social skills was the most frequent therapeutic aim addressed. Music interventions are mostly appreciated by the participants, but it is difficult to make conclusions about their effectiveness because of the heterogeneity of research designs and the limited current state of research. Conclusion Music interventions appear to represent a promising complementary approach to usual psychiatric care, but further standardised research is necessary to continue investigating their therapeutic effects. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2023 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Mental Health; Children; Adolescents; Young Adults; Mental Health Setting; Music Therapy; Music Medicine

Indexed Terms

Intervention; Emerging Adulthood; Mental Health; mental health; Music intervention; psychiatry; scoping review; youth

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